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Why does my body store fat during pregnancy?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The growth around your mid-section doesn't just happen because Freddy Jr. has decided to make camp there for the next 40 weeks. It also happens because you store extra fat during pregnancy, and that fat is typically deposited in the center of your body, rather than other parts of your body. (That fat storage decreases later in pregnancy, when Freddy needs more nutrients.)
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