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The Truth About Weight Gain and Pregnancy 

When it comes to gaining weight during pregnancy, there's an ongoing debate about what's healthy. Current guidelines from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommend different weight-gain ranges for women-anywhere from 11 to 40 lbs, based on their pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI).

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Dr. Barry Sears

In both cases of excess weight gain or insufficient weight gain, there will be epigenetic consequences that lead to future health problems. It’s called fetal programming. The most important factor, however, is the reduction increased inflammation in the fetus during pregnancy that will disrupt the setting of the necessary neural pathways in the brain and between the brain and the gut.

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