Advertisement

Why is it dangerous to gain too much weight early in pregnancy?

Paula Greer
Midwifery Nursing

Gaining too much weight early in pregnancy increases your risk for two pregnancy-related conditions, says nurse midwife Paula Greer. Find out what they are by watching this video.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Gaining a too much weight early in pregnancy throws off the metabolic environment of your baby. Such early weight gain makes the fetus think that you are storing weight because a famine is coming, so early weight gain actually increases the risk of preterm delivery substantially. Another risk of gaining too much weight too soon in pregnancy is developing gestational diabetes.
YOU: Having a Baby: The Owner's Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy

More About this Book

YOU: Having a Baby: The Owner's Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy

Can I get a cavity filled while pregnant? Will avoiding spicy foods make my kid a picky eater? Can I really increase my baby's IQ while she's in utero? Whether you're pregnant for the first time,...

Continue Learning about Health & Pregnancy

5 Things You Definitely Shouldn’t Do When You’re Pregnant
5 Things You Definitely Shouldn’t Do When You’re Pregnant
When you’re expecting a baby, everyone’s an expert, from the elderly lady at the grocery store who scolds you for wearing yoga pants to the Facebook f...
Read More
What questions should I ask my doctor about my pregnancy?
HealthyWomenHealthyWomen
Review the following questions about pregnancy so you're prepared to discuss this important health i...
More Answers
10 Biggest Pregnancy Myths, Debunked
10 Biggest Pregnancy Myths, Debunked10 Biggest Pregnancy Myths, Debunked10 Biggest Pregnancy Myths, Debunked10 Biggest Pregnancy Myths, Debunked
Can you drink coffee? Should you avoid your cat? An OBGYN weighs in. 
Start Slideshow
How a Cryptic Pregnancy Can Occur
How a Cryptic Pregnancy Can Occur

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.