How Huge Will I Get?

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Most women worry that, while they’re pregnant, their body is going to just get huge. They become concerned that, like other women they’ve heard about, they won’t be able to lose the baby weight after their baby is born, and that they are beginning a new, frumpy stage of their lives. The fact of the matter is, however, that this doesn’t have to be the case.

Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to thinking about your weight and pregnancy:

  • The amount of weight you gain during pregnancy depends, to a large degree, on your size before you became pregnant. If you were at a normal weight range before you became pregnant, you can expect to gain between 20 and 30 pounds during pregnancy. If you’re underweight, you’ll probably need to gain a little bit more, perhaps between 25 and 35 pounds. And, if you were overweight or obese prior to becoming pregnant, healthy weight gain is going to be between1 15 and 20 pounds.
  • It is never healthy to lose weight during pregnancy. Your baby needs specific nutrients to grow, not just calories. Even if you were morbidly obese, it’s not usually a good thing to lose weight during pregnancy.
  • Every pregnancy is different. You might gain more or less than a girlfriend does during her pregnancy, even if you’re similar in size. Your own pregnancies may be different from one another, as well. You might gain little during your first pregnancy and more during a subsequent pregnancy, or vice versa.
  • The way you carry your weight has as much, if not more, to do with how you look than the number of pounds you gain. This includes not only the position of your baby, but the types of clothes you wear as well as how toned your muscles are.
  • It’s usually all right to exercise during pregnancy, and moderate exercise can help prepare your body for labor and delivery. Check with your doctor before you start a new exercise regimen, however.
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