Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines: Do They Really Help Moms?

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[Editor's Note: I found that the suggested weight gain numbers for pregnancy were ridiculous. I gained too little with my first pregnancy due to an illness, too much with my second and just right with my third. The only pregnancy I couldn't take off the weight? That last one, where I gained the right amount of weight. Figures, right? Of note, all three of my babes were healthy. NYC Running Mama, an active, healthy mom, recently asked if these guidelines are helpful or harmful to moms during pregnancy. What was your experience? How much did you gain? Did you pay attention to the suggested weights? -Jenna]

Suggested Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Harmful or Helpful:

baby-belly-3[...]since I gained double what any of them had suggested before I even was out of the 1st trimester, I was concerned I was on the road to gaining too much weight. I was worried for me and my baby’s health – numerous sources indicated that:

…women who gain too much weight during pregnancy are at a higher risk for having a cesarean delivery…and the babies of women who gain more than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy may be too large at birth, which can cause labor complications for both mom and baby. -Source

I understand that there has to be some guidance for females, but I, personally, found the information detrimental. I was not overweight to start pregnancy nor did I sit on the couch and eat potato chips and Bon-Bons all day. I had an average BMI and was exercising six days/week for 45-90 min/day. So was it really terrible that I gained 10 pounds right off the bat?

Photo Credit: andreannarambula.

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