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New weight gain recomendations for pregnancy…


Do you know how much weight you should gain during your pregnancy? What if you’re overweight? Should you try to lose weight?

Every woman who is pregnant needs to gain weight during her pregnancy. The amount you will need to gain will vary based on your starting weight.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has updated their pregnancy weight gain guidelines for the first time since 1990. Not much has changed in the guidelines for normal weight women (the recommendation continues to be gain between 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy), but as the rate of obesity continues to grow in the United States, the questions and concerns about what is safe in the pregnancy weight gain department for overweight and obese women continue to multiply, too.

That’s because it’s well known that gaining too much weight during pregnancy can be unhealthy for mom and baby – particularly for women who come into their pregnancies overweight or obese .

So what are the new guidelines for pregnancy weight gain?

  • If you’re underweight (with a BMI under 18.5), gain 28-40 pounds.
  • If you’re normal weight (with a BMI between 18.5 and 25), gain 25-35 pounds.
  • If you’re overweight (with a BMI between 26 and 29), gain 15-25 pounds.
  • If you’re obese (with a BMI of 30 or higher), gain 11-20 pounds. 

If you’re carrying twins, the weight gain recommendations for normal weight women are 37-54 pounds; for overweight women, 31-50 pounds; and for obese women, 25-42 pounds.

If you’re on the heavy side and you’re already pregnant, don’t try to diet or lose weight now (that’ll have to wait till the postpartum period), but do try to keep your upper weight gain to the limits set by the experts and learn what you can about keeping your pregnancy weight in check. And if you’re about to start trying to make a baby, coming up with a good pre-pregnancy weight loss strategy now (if you’re overweight or obese) will help ensure your pregnancy is the healthiest possible. 

That’s because starting pregnancy at a healthy weight lowers the risk of preterm birth, birth defects, and other complications, as well as cesarean deliveries.

**No one should be trying to lose weight while they are pregnant**

How much weight did you gain (or are you gaining) during your pregnancy? 

 Love to read your comments!


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