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Pregnancy Weight Gain: New Guidelines

How Much Weight Should Women Gain During Pregnancy? Maybe Less Than You Think

Delaying Pregnancy to Lose Weight continued...

"When you're telling a patient, 'I want you to take a break for six months and try to lose 20 pounds,' they think that you might be the devil incarnate," Goist says.

But Goist says most of her overweight patients already know that they need to lose some weight, and that it helps to talk with them about taking care of their own health so they can be there for their kids as they grow up.

"Your mentality changes when you're a mom, because you have other people to take care of," she says.

An avid exerciser and mother of two, Goist says she didn't have trouble gaining the right amount of weight during her pregnancies, in part because she wanted to be a role model to her patients. Even so, she says "it was harder to lose the weight the second time vs. the first time."

Read more about the new pregnancy weight guidelines on WebMD's news blog.

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