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Health Tip: Gaining Weight During Pregnancy

Health Tip: Gaining Weight During Pregnancy

10/26/11

(HealthDay News) -- It's healthy and normal to gain weight during pregnancy -- up to a point.

The womenshealth.gov website offers these guidelines for how many pounds you should expect to gain while you're pregnant:

  • Women who were at a normal weight before pregnancy should expect to gain 25 to 30 pounds.
  • Women who were underweight before pregnancy should gain 28 to 40 pounds.
  • Women who were overweight before pregnancy should gain 15 to 25 pounds.
  • Women who were obese before pregnancy should gain 11 to 20 pounds.

The site advises checking with your doctor to learn an amount of weight gain that's safe for you.

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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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