Prenatal Care and Maternity

How much maternity weight will I gain?

It depends on how much you weighed before you became pregnant. Generally, if you are an average weight, you should gain about 25 lbs. during pregnancy. If you are under weight, you should gain between 25 and 35 lbs. and if you are over weight, you should only gain about 15 lbs. Be sure to ask your doctor what is the best weight for you! See our pregnancy weight gain page for more information.

Will exercising while I'm pregnant hurt my baby?

Exercise is always important, but during pregnancy, you should take it easy. If you did not do aerobic exercise before your pregnancy and are thinking of beginning now, don't. You should only exercise as much as you did before you were pregnant. It's not a good idea to do a lot of bouncing, make jerky movements, or attempt sit-ups.

What are Braxton Hicks Contractons?

Some call these false contractions. In reality, these contractions are getting your body ready to deliver the baby. If you've already had one or more children, Braxton Hicks contractions may be worse than before and harder to distinguish from actual labor.

How will I know the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and the real thing?

Braxton Hicks or false labor can be difficult to determine. If you think you're having true contractions, begin timing them and walk around. Braxton Hicks contractions will slow down or go away when you walk. If the pain worsens and the contractions become more frequent or don't slow down, call your doctor immediately!