How Much Weight Should You Gain During Pregnancy?

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I wrote recently about how too much weight gain during pregnancy can mean having a heavier baby. But you're pregnant, so gaining weight -- whether you're comfortable with it or not -- is part of the deal. How do you find the balance that's right for you? Here are some basic guidelines, and tips for keeping things in check.

According to the March of Dimes, gaining the right amount of weight helps protect you and your baby. Just as gaining too much weight can lead to a heavier baby, gaining too little can mean a smaller one. How much you should gain depends on how much you weighed before pregnancy.

If you became pregnant at a normal weight, you should gain between 25 - 35 pounds over the next nine months.

If you became pregnant underweight, you can get away with a little more -- a 28 - 40 pound weight gain is typically recommended.

If you became pregnant overweight, you should probably only gain between 15 - 25 pounds -- and of course you should never try to lose weight during pregnancy.

Talk to your doctor about the right range for you and if you have any concerns about how much, how little, or at what rate you're taking on the pounds.

Here are some ways to stay healthy and keep the weight gain in check:

Are you worried about gaining too much or too little weight? Or do you think you're staying pretty much within your range?

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