Breaking Down Pregnancy Weight Gain

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Pregnancy weight has been the talk of the town – from Drew Barrymore joking about packing on the pounds to Beyonce’s recent admission to being 195 pounds when she gave birth. Then there’s the celebrity body bounce back. Images of Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson and the scandalous Caroline Berg Eriksen have left many women frustrated, pressured or just plain confused.

So where does the extra weight go during pregnancy?

According to the American Pregnancy Association, an approximate breakdown of your weight gain should look something like this:… [read more]

Beyonce: “I was 195 pounds when I gave birth”

Beyonce Hosts "Live at Roseland" Screening in NYC

In a new video for her song Partition, Beyonce talks about celebrating her post-pregnancy body – and reveals that she worked hard to lose a whopping 65 pounds after giving birth.

“I was very aware of the fact that I was showing my body. I was 195 pounds when I gave birth. I lost 65 pounds. I worked crazily to get my body back. I wanted to show my body. I wanted to show that you can have a child and you can work hard and you can get your body back.” she revealed.

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Kim Kardashian To Sign With Weight Watchers?

Kim Kardashian Out For Lunch At Il Pastaio

Is Kim Kardashian going to be the new spokesperson for Weight Watchers?

After receiving months of harsh criticism for her pregnancy weight gain, the reality star reportedly plans to sign with the weight loss company after she gives birth in July.

“WeightWatchers have made their offers and she’s likely to sign in the coming day,” said a source. “Kim thinks constantly about how she’s going to get her figure back once she’s had the baby. This will spur her on.”

Hilary Duff Loses Baby Weight and More

Hilary Duff Loses Baby Weight and More

Yesterday Hilary Duff tweeted a photo of herself (above) in an extreme Pilates pose that showcased both her flexibility and her nicely slimmed post-baby physique. Wow! Hil’s baby weight is long gone and she is looking slim and trim. She captioned the pic “Nice stretch… Mmm.” Hilary gave birth to son Luca Cruz back in March 2012 and has taken a healthy amount of time to shed the baby weight she put on. I never understand why (or how) celebrity moms think they can (or have to) take off pounds they gained over nine long months in just a few days or weeks.

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Pregnancy Weight Gain

Pregnancy weight gain is always a tough topic. It is something every woman thinks about when they become pregnant, and it is something most women compare to other pregnant women.  Whether it be with a close girlfriend or sneaking on the internet to see what the real norm is, most women want to make sure that they are not alone. Gaining 10-80+ lbs is hard, especially when it happens over a short 9 month period!

But really, the pregnancy weight you gain can depend on a lost of factors such as if you were underweight, at a normal weight, overweight, or obese before you got pregnant. According to experts you should stay within the following guidelines:

* 25-37 pounds if at healthy weight pre-pregnancy
* 28-40 pounds if underweight pre-pregnancy
* 15-25 pounds if overweight pre-pregnancy

Of course that doesn’t always happen and many women stress over it. Personally, I gained most of my weight at the end of pregnancy. I stayed within range and lost most of it with breastfeeding and walking shortly after. This time around it seems to be going the same way. I never stressed too much over it, I would eat what I wanted to but would try and make sensible choices most of the time. Exercise is also an important part of keeping pregnancy weight gain down. I walk almost daily for at least an hour and I truly feel that is what has helped me stay in check. It also helped me relax and sleep better.

I think what matters most is being sure to get healthy after pregnancy. Adding additional stress to pregnancy never seemed rational to me.

Of course you always want to speak with your health care provider about what your personal pregnancy weight gain should be. Everyone is different.

How much weight did you gain during pregnancy?