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How much weight should one gain during pregnancy?

I was wondering how much gain one should gain during pregnancy? And what is recommended for exercising? I know everyone is different and a doctor should be the first to consult -- but wanted to get a general idea? Thanks!

Fri. Jul 28, 2:51pm

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If you are NORMAL WEIGHT- 25-35 pounds (gaining 2 to 5 pounds in the first trimester and about 1 pound per week for the rest of your pregnancy)

OVERWEIGHT - 15 to 25 pounds

UNDERWEIGHT - 28-40 pounds

Friday, July 28, 2006, 2:55 PM

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Your doctor will let you know I was told 15-25 and I had 4 kids each was different remember what you are told to gain may not be the same of what you gain I gained 60 pounds with all but one child and gained 30 with him I tried to exercise and eat healthy with all for some reason I just gained don't worry about weight gain you will lose after the baby focus on a healthy preg.

Sunday, July 30, 2006, 8:44 AM

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It absolutely depends on how heavy you are to begin with and if your baby is gaining weight and growing properly. When I started my pregnancy I was very large (100 pounds over ideal weight) and actually lost weight during my pregnancy. My midwife said that as long as my daughter's development was on track, that was ok. Of course, she also threatened to force-feed me after the month I lost 10 pounds!

The main point is to not go hog wild, just because you're pregnant. A baby only takes about 400 extra calories a day of high quality nutrition for great growth. Get good amounts of low impact exercise, like water aerobics, which is also great for preventing swelling in the extremities and high blood pressure. You can exercise through your whole pregnancy, barring any complications, right up to delivery! It makes a difference when you are in labor, let me say! I've also attended many births, as a doula, and the women that exercised consistently during their pregnancy had a strong tendency to have an easier labor, delivery and recovery.

Have a healthy baby, AND a healthy mom!

Monday, July 31, 2006, 10:29 AM

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Most importantly be healthy for you and the baby. Putting weight on is all part of pregnancy. How you do it is the important part because after the pregnancy trying to get the weight off is the tricky part.

Monday, July 31, 2006, 12:00 PM

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