Pregnancy and Obesity

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pregnancy and obesity.

Is it safe to lose weight while pregnant?

Dr. McKenna discusses why weight loss during pregnancy is not recommended. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Is it safe to lose weight while pregnant?

No, we don't recommend losing weight during pregnancy. The weight gain recommendations for a woman that is obese are going to be very small, but we want the actual weight to stay the same or to be 20 pounds during the entire pregnancy.

   

We don't recommend losing weight during pregnancy. The weight gain recommendations for a woman who is obese are going to be very small, but we want the actual weight to stay the same or to go up only by 10 to 20 pounds during the entire pregnancy.

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Source: David McKenna, MD, Perinatal Partners