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WEIGHT GAIN DURING PREGNANCY



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WEIGHT GAIN DURING PREGNANCY

Optimal birth outcome is defined as a healthy infant weighing from 6.6 through 8.8 pounds. Recommendations are based on this goal and take into account postpartum fat retention.




Assessment of Pregnancy Size


A large body of evidence suggests that weight gain during pregnancy (especially during the second and third trimesters) is an important determinant of fetal growth, although the effect is modified by the mother’s pre-pregnancy weight to height ratio. The correlation between gain and growth is greatest in thin women and weakest in obese women.




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