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Weight gain is perhaps the biggest side effect of being pregnant…aside from getting a baby out of the deal. But whether you started your pregnancy overweight or are simply packing on the pounds now that you’re with child, pregnancy is never a good time to attempt weight loss.

When carrying a baby, your body is growing and feeding another life. Any restrictions you place on yourself are also being placed on the fetus. So, when you fail to get enough calories and nutrients, you put your baby at risk.

In other words, if you don’t gain the proper amount of weight during pregnancy, your child could be born underweight.

What Is “Normal” Weight Gain?

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), it is ideal for a woman to have a body mass index between 18.5 and 24.9 at the start of her pregnancy, and to gain between 25 and 35 pounds over the course of it.

If you begin pregnancy underweight, ACOG recommends a weight gain of up to 40 pounds. Women who are overweight at the start of a pregnancy, with a BMI between 25 and 29.9, should only gain 15 to 26 pounds.

Only a small portion of the weight gained during pregnancy is attributed to the weight of the fetus itself. Much of it includes the weight of additional fluids such as increased blood volume, fat stores, and amniotic fluid, which protects the baby.

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