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Pregnancy Weight Gain Commandment

Savannah Guthrie on pregnancy weight gain: We don’t need another heaping of guilt

Yesterday, we got into celebrities who manage to remain pretty skinny even while pregnant and their role in contributing  to an unhealthy trend of pregorexia – women who purposefully starve themselves so not to gain too much weight.
In TODAY show host Savannah Guthrie‘s blog, she addressed the stress of gaining too much weight while pregnant and shared how she found herself teetering on “the Pregnancy Weight Gain Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Gain More than 25-30 pounds during pregnancy.”
But through her piece, she talks about coming to a resolution with herself that the pressure is overwhelming and too stressful.  It helps that her OB/GYN told her to not sweat the guidelines too much! Yahoo! Anyway, in her blog, Guthrie writes:

I know we shouldn’t pile on the pounds during pregnancy. It isn’t healthy, and we don’t want to dig a weight gain hole so deep we can’t Jazzercise our way out of it. But let’s keep it in perspective. It is just a recommendation. If we look and feel healthy, can’t we give ourselves a break?

At this stage of pregnancy, the average baby weighs 2-3 pounds. The other 28 pounds is boobs, clearly, and who knows what else: blood and fluid and placenta and what have you. You know what we don’t need? Another big heaping serving of guilt weighing us down.

Agreed! Amen!
photo: courtesy TODAY

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