Health Tip: Gaining Weight During Pregnancy

What's a safe amount?

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

The 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.

Diana Kohnle

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