Have you ever heard a pregnant woman exclaim “well I AM eating for two!”? Recent reviews of research of 11,444 women found that about 45% of women had excessive weight gain over the course of their pregnancy.
According to the NHS, the most a woman should gain is 40lbs, and only if they are underweight at the beginning of pregnancy.
For those who fall within a healthy BMI at the start of their pregnancy, only 25-35lb weight gain is recommended, especially because gaining too much weight can lead to high blood pressure, larger birth weights, and increased risk of gestational diabetes and C-section deliveries.
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