Weight Gain and Pregnancy


When it comes to pregnancy and your risk for gestational diabetes, it’s not just how much you gain—it’s how quickly, too.


In a study of 1,145 women, researchers found that those who gained weight the fastest prior to a gestational diabetes screening test (more than 0.89 pounds per week) had a 74 percent greater risk of gestational diabetes than women who gained the slowest (less than 0.6 pounds per week).

The link between rapid weight gain and gestational diabetes was mostly due to adding pounds during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Source: Obstetrics and Gynecology, March 2010