In fact, a 1996 study reported in the medical journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that gaining little or no weight won't necessarily make you or your baby any healthier. "It's not healthy for a woman to aim for zero weight gain during pregnancy," agrees Douglas. "Try not to beat yourself up if you exceed it, but, at the same time, don't give yourself carte blanche to gain 50 pounds during your pregnancy."
Simply be realistic about your weight gain and try to focus on eating healthy foods. Talk to your caregiver about how much weight he or she recommends for you.
Brette McWhorter Sember is the author of Your Practical Pregnancy Planner: Everything You Need to Know About the Financial and Legal Aspects of Preparing for Your New Baby (McGraw-Hill, 2005) and Your Plus-Size Pregnancy: The Ultimate Guide for the Full-Figured Expectant Mom (Barricade Books, 2005). She is the mother of two children.
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