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What if I am gaining too much weight during pregnancy?

Mary Chappell
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
The recommended weight gain is 25-30 lbs for average weight women.  15-20 lbs if overweight.  The average weight really gained by women is 40-50 lbs!  As with non pregnant women, most people eat way too many calories and don't exercise.  Weight gain means caloric intake is higher than caloric expenditure (although sometimes water weight adds too).  Pregnant or not, women should watch their calories and exercise in general.  Being a good weight pre pregnancy and not gaining too much can deter large babies and gestational diabetes too.  Pregnancy is not the time to start an exercise regimen.  Have one established prior to conception.

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