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Recommended Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Do You Know the Pregnancy Weight Guidelines?

A pound here, a pound there, how much weight do mamas-to-be pack on and where? Many moms take advantage of pregnancy and eat their way through the nine months of expectancy never minding the postpartum consequences. Others take it to the opposite extreme and try not to gain much of anything in an effort to make their baby weight loss a breeze. Take our quiz and see if you know the recommended weight guidelines for pregnant mamas as stated by the Institute of Medicine.

Do You Know the Pregnancy Weight Guidelines?

If a woman is healthy and considered a normal weight before pregnancy, she should gain about how many pounds?

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lilegwene lilegwene 7 years
This is good to know for the future. (I got them all wrong!) I did work with a woman who within the first few weeks of knowing she was pregnant gained 10+ lbs and was walking around rubbing her extended belly. Good to be happy, but she was just rubbing fat I'm afraid. ;)
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I felt like i was STARVING the first time around, and ate a lot more then I was before. Since i only craved vegetables, (think the bags of mixed veggies used for stir fry) i gave into my cravings and actually lost quite a bit of weight. This pregnancy I haven't gained any weight at all, but i can't say i've had any urge to eat any more then normal. The things i crave aren't acceptable foods (heavily fried foods, which i normally despise) so no indulging even on that end.
vinnie vinnie 7 years
4/5. I went against my gut (no pun intended) on #5. Luckily my weight was pretty on point all through my pregnancy. I only had 8 pounds to lose after she was born. That went pretty quickly. Everyone always said "you're eating for two now!" I had to remind them that you only need 300 extra calories to support the pregnancy, so I pretty much did what I normally did (although I could never pass up a pastry with my morning decaf!
miss-leanne miss-leanne 7 years
100% The guidelines drive me crazy though.. I was made out to be a "bad mom" because I didn't gain any weight in my first trimester, even though I was eating everything that I should. Finally starting to show now at 6 months, but I'm sure the OB will give me crap for putting on 8lbs in 2 weeks. You can't win, but I know my baby is healthy :)
kia kia 7 years
I know the main one that counts... 300 extra calories a day :) I am pregnant right now and about 1/2 way through this ride. My weight has been going great and I have had no concerns so far.
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