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Baby Weight and BMI

pregnancy-weight-585I’d always heard that when you’re pregnant, you should gain about 25-35 pounds. Within the context of GROWING A PERSON INSIDE YOU that seems fair, and lets you eat as much ice cream and Chinese as you crave while still being under “doctor’s orders.” However, for the first time, new guidelines from The National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine state that not everyone should gain the same amount of lbs to be healthy. For those with a BMI greater than 30, weight gain should be limited to just 11 to 20 pounds, the Institute says.

Since I’ve never had a baby in my belly, I’m no expert, but it makes sense that those with a higher BMI would want to gain less weight for both the mom’s and the baby’s health. All you moms out there, what do you think?

That darn baby weight.


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