How much weight should I gain during pregnancy? Prenatal Care

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Weight gain can be a stressful topic during pregnancy -- are you gaining too much? Not enough? Find out the official recommendation on pregnancy weight gain, and see how other moms-to-be kept their weight gain in a healthy range.

It Depends on Your BMI

"A woman of average BMI (body mass index) before getting pregnant should gain 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. Underweight women should gain 28 to 40 pounds during pregnancy. Overweight women may need to gain only 15 to 25 pounds during pregnancy. It is important to ask your health-care provider how much weight you should gain during pregnancy based on your BMI. During pregnancy, gaining the right amount of weight helps decrease your risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, and other...

"A woman of average BMI (body mass index) before getting pregnant should gain 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. Underweight women should gain 28 to 40 pounds during pregnancy. Overweight women may need to gain only 15 to 25 pounds during pregnancy. It is important to ask your health-care provider how much weight you should gain during pregnancy based on your BMI. During pregnancy, gaining the right amount of weight helps decrease your risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, and other pregnancy complications." -- Sherry Ross, MD, OB/GYN, and women's health expert at Providence Saint John's Health Center, Santa Monica, CA

It's Okay to Indulge Occasionally

"I'm not pigging out, but when I have a craving, I'm going to let myself have it. I'm 33 weeks and have gained 25 pounds so far. Once the baby is born, I'm confident I'll work that off."

You Live & You Learn

"I think a lot of women 'eat for two' with their first one -- then the second one comes along and they're like, 'Wow, not doing that again!' I went from 128 pounds to 194 pounds! It took a lot of dedication to get that flub off."

Don't 'Eat for Two'

"It's a myth that you have to gain insane amounts of weight during pregnancy, or that you are eating for two. Eat healthy, stay active, and stay hydrated."

Try Not to Stress

"One week, you may eat barely anything and gain five pounds, and the next week you may eat a lot and stay the same weight. Stressing over it will only drive you bonkers."

30 Pounds Is Right for Some

"I gained 30 pounds. It was all gone by the time baby was 3 months. Now, will I be able to maintain that during my second pregnancy? Who knows? I've heard it's tougher your second time. But I'm going to try!"

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