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The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently published recommendations on behavioral interventions to promote a healthy amount of weight gain during pregnancy.
It is normal and expected to gain weight during pregnancy (gestational weight gain). How much weight should be gained depends on what a person’s starting weight is before pregnancy. For people who are underweight, the recommended amount of weight gain during pregnancy is 28 to 40 pounds. For people at normal weight, the recommended weight gain is 25 to 35 pounds. For people who are overweight or obese, the recommended weight gain is 11 to 20 pounds.
Jin J. Behavioral Interventions for Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy. JAMA. 2021;325(20):2126. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.7530
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