Pregnancy Weight Gain

Dr. Elizabeth Pryor answers the question, What's the right amount to gain if already a bit overweight?

Question

I am four months pregnant and am slightly overweight. I lost four pounds during the first trimester but my appetite seems to be coming back. I think I might have gained a few pounds. Is this weight gain something to worry about? I want to have a healthy pregnancy despite the extra pounds I'm carrying. How much weight should I gain?

Answer

Being overweight doesn't mean you can't have a healthy pregnancy. A patient who begins a pregnancy with weight issues should have a total weight gain of 15 to 25 pounds. It is very common for women to not gain weight in the first trimester of pregnancy. Nausea and morning sickness can affect the appetite. This does not affect the baby's growth. It's perfectly normal for your appetite to be coming back at this time.

It sounds like you're doing a great job of eating healthily. Be sure to get some daily exercise during pregnancy as well and soon you'll be delivering a bouncing baby boy or girl!

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

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