Whether you like it or not, gaining weight during pregnancy is inevitable. The growth and development of babies depend on it. However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to pregnancy weight gain. How much weight you need to gain depends on various factors.
Recently, I attended a medical conference and had a chance to discuss the issue with others. I had a discussion with some Japanese doctors and learned that there is a trend among Japanese women to try to be as lean as possible during pregnancy. On the other hand, American doctors are worried about the increasing number of obese pregnant women and those who gain too much weight during pregnancy
In fact, weight gain during pregnancy is one of the key determinants for a good pregnancy outcome, both for the mothers and their newborns. Gaining too much weight can increase the chance of certain pregnancy complications, such as hypertension, diabetes, large babies and increased risk for caesarean delivery.
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