Weight Gain During Pregnancy

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Weight Gain During Pregnancy
Thu, 08-16-2012 - 11:07am

Women with big babies are more likely to have a cesarean section or to hemorrhage during birth. Bigger babies also have a greater chance of getting stuck in the birth canal during delivery.

According to Black, overweight and obese women who are considering getting pregnant should talk to their doctors about steps they can take to get closer to a healthy weight. In the U.S., two out of three women of reproductive age are overweight and one in four are obese, the March of Dime reports.

"If you're already pregnant, you have to really, very seriously monitor your weight-gain over your pregnancy," Black said. "I wouldn't use the word 'diet,' because you need a certain nutrition and caloric intake for the fetus to grow."


As you prepare for your hopeful VBAC, has your doctor expressed any concern about how much you should/shouldn't gain during your pregnancy? Was baby's size a determining factor in your previous c-section(s)?

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Registered: 07-23-2004
Thu, 08-16-2012 - 4:55pm
I find this subject fascinating. While I officially bad a c/s because my baby's heartbeat went into the 60's and stayed there, he was 11 pounds. And I've wondered if his weight played a role. I gained 40 pounds with him. But then again, I gained more with my six pounder and 20 pounds with my nine pounder. If I'm ever lucky enough to get pg again, I plan to vbac and I'm curious what I can do to have a smaller baby next time. I will add that the week before my 11 founder was born, the u/s said he was 8 pounds. So now I have no way to know for sure. I'd love to hear others thoughts. Thanks for sharing the link. This is a great topic.