Sometimes it feels like a pregnant belly has a sign that says “kindly send your unsolicited advice here.” Whether it’s that you are carrying high or low, a rounder face means you’re having a girl, or reasons for a drug-free birth, it’s like people have never heard of the funny things pregnancy hormones can make a woman do. Or tact. The same goes for pregnancy weight gain — everyone has a theory about what the size of your belly means about a growing baby. But does your pregnancy weight gain affect your baby’s size?
Dr. Christine Greves, an OB-GYN at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando, Florida, tells Romper in an email interview that “pregnancy weight gain can affect the size of the baby,” but the pendulum swings both ways when it comes to healthy weight gain during pregnancy.
“If the mom has not gained enough weight, there can be the concern that the baby may not get enough calories to grow appropriately,” she says. “For women who have gained excessive amounts of weight, that puts them at an increased risk…
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