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PREGNANCY WEIGHT: How Much is Too Much?

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 at 10:47 am in Babies & Tots, Health & Safety.

Photo by Jose Carlos Fajardo, Bay Area News Group
Every pregnant mom wants the best for her baby, but how much weight gain is “normal”? My colleague, Jessica Yadegaran, explores that topic in this morning’s Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times, and says: bottom line,  “normal” depends on the mom. How much weight gain is appropriate depends on whether you’re slim, average or overweight to begin with. Ditto on the workouts. That said, the the American Congress of Obstetricans and Gynecologists recommends an average gain of 25 to 37 pounds during pregnancy. But if mom was carrying excess weight when she got pregnant, the guideline drops to 15 to 26 pounds. But it all depends on the woman – and her doctor. Read more about the whys and hows here, then tell us, how much weight did you gain with your babies?

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