Weight Gain and Loss Slow and Steady

Your rate of weight gain during pregnancy is as important as the amount. Expect 2 to 4 pounds of weight gain during your first three months; for teens, 4 to 6 pounds. (More weight than that is likely body fat without added benefit to mother or baby.) After that, you'll probably gain 3/4 to 1 pound per week. From month to month, you may gain a little more or a little less.

If you gain weight faster, you can cut calories without depriving yourself or your baby of nutrients:

  • Substitute fat-free or lower-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese for whole-milk products. And choose lean meats, poultry, and fish.
  • Broil, bake, grill, or stir-fry foods instead of frying them.
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