Research Says it May Take Up to 7 Years to Shed Those Pregnancy Pounds

A new study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found that weight gain during pregnancy results in extra body fat for up to 7 years.

The Study

New moms who were normal weight or slightly overweight before pregnancy had an increase in body fat even seven years after giving birth.

"The findings suggest that excessive gestational weight gain has long-term consequences for women who are normal weight or a little overweight before pregnancy," said a press release by study researchers.

Watch That Pregnancy Weight

Researchers found that the more a woman gained during pregnancy, the more of a problem it is. Almost half of all pregnant women gain more than is healthy.

Target weight gain for normal weight women is 25 to 35 pounds. For underweight women, 28 to 40 pounds is the general guideline. Obese women should strive for 11 to 20 pounds.

Keep in mind, these target weight gains are generalized. You should talk to your doctor about your ideal weight gain range.

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