How Much Weight Should You Gain During Pregnancy? Episode 281

You're eating for two now and it's important to eat enough - but not too much. Being either over- or under-weight during pregnancy can increase health risks to you and your baby. Nutrition Diva finds a happy medium.

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
2-minute read
Episode #281


Today’s show is about how much weight it’s OK to gain during pregnancy as well as the dangers of not gaining enough weight.>

Pregnancy isn’t an excuse to stop paying attention to your weight—but it’s also not a time to obsess about staying thin either. This is the time to find a safe and healthy middle path. In this episode you’ll learn:

·         Risks of obesity and/or excessive weight gain during pregnancy

·         What do to if you’re overweight and want to get pregnant

·         What to do if you’re overweight and are already pregnant

·         Dangers of not gaining enough weight during your pregnancy

·         How much weight you should gain during pregnancy

·         How many calories you need when you’re pregnant

·         How to reduce your child’s risk of childhood obesity


Additional Resources

Nutrition Diva's Guide to Calories and Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Pregnancy Weight Tracker

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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obesity in Pregnancy Committee Opinion 549, January 2013. Link to report.

Paden MM, Avery DM. Preconception counseling to prevent the complications of obesity during pregnancy. Am J Clin Med. 2012 Winter; 9(1): 30-35. Link to paper.

Sridhar SB, Darbinian J, Ehrlich SF, et al. Maternal gestational weight gain and offspring risk for childhood overweight or obesity. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2014;210. In press.  Link to Abstract.

Thangaratinam S, Rogozińska E, et al. Effects of interventions in pregnancy on maternal weight and obstetric outcomes: meta-analysis of randomised evidence. BMJ 2012;344:e2088. Link to paper.

About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.