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Weight Gain in Pregnancy
The average increase in weight that a female gains during pregnancy usually ranges from about 25- 35 pounds. This weight gain consists of many different areas, which includes the baby- usually weighing around 7-8 pounds, the placenta, the uterus, the amniotic fluid and of course increased weight from body fluids, blood, and the breasts. Usually there is an increased weight gain resulting from retained water as well. This is all normal weight gain and to be expected. However, it is important to eat a healthy diet consisting of proteins, vitamins, minerals, fats and carbohydrates in order for you and your growing baby to remain healthy. The poplar belief that “you are eating for two” is completely valid, as your healthy diet provides the energy needed for your baby’s growth and for your own health and energy. It will also be easier to shed the extra weight gain later, after the baby’s birth, during the post partum period. For an appointment, pregnant patients should call Anthony C. Quartell, MD & Associates, serving the areas of Livingston, N.J., West Orange, N.J., Verona, N.J., and the Caldwells.
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