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Is weight gain during your first trimester of pregnancy normal?

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During the first trimester, you should gain about 3 to 6 pounds (your doctor may recommend that you adjust your weight gain up or down if you started your pregnancy underweight or overweight). Although you're carrying an extra person, don't go by the adage of "eating for two." You only need about an extra 150 calories a day during your first trimester. Get those calories the healthy way, by adding extra fruits and vegetables, milk, whole-grain bread, and lean meat to your diet.

SOURCES:

Bayley, T.M. Appetite, February 2002; vol 38:pp. 45-51.

Ratcliffe S.D., Baxley, E.G., Cline, M.K., Sakornbut, E.L., eds., Family Medicine Obstetrics, third edition, Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier, 2008.

Townsend Jr., C.M., Beauchamp, R.D., Evers, B.M., Mattox, K.L., Sabiston Textbook of Surgery, 18th ed., Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier; 2007.

Gabbe, S.G., Niebyl, J.R., Simpson, J.L., eds., Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies, 5th ed. Philadelphia, Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2007.

American Pregnancy Association: "Bleeding During Pregnancy."

Lee, J. Nutrition Research, July 2004, vol 24: pp 531-540.

Deutchman, M. American Family Physician, June 1, 2009; vol 79: pp 985-992, pp 993-994.

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on July 16, 2020

SOURCES:

Bayley, T.M. Appetite, February 2002; vol 38:pp. 45-51.

Ratcliffe S.D., Baxley, E.G., Cline, M.K., Sakornbut, E.L., eds., Family Medicine Obstetrics, third edition, Philadelphia, Mosby Elsevier, 2008.

Townsend Jr., C.M., Beauchamp, R.D., Evers, B.M., Mattox, K.L., Sabiston Textbook of Surgery, 18th ed., Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier; 2007.

Gabbe, S.G., Niebyl, J.R., Simpson, J.L., eds., Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies, 5th ed. Philadelphia, Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2007.

American Pregnancy Association: "Bleeding During Pregnancy."

Lee, J. Nutrition Research, July 2004, vol 24: pp 531-540.

Deutchman, M. American Family Physician, June 1, 2009; vol 79: pp 985-992, pp 993-994.

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on July 16, 2020

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