Worried About Weight Gain From Quitting? Why Pregnancy is a Time for You to Quit

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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Many women are afraid of gaining weight when they quit smoking. If this sounds like you, pregnancy might actually be a good time to quit smoking.

Here's why:

  • Gaining weight is normal and expected as part of a healthy pregnancy. On average, women gain about 25 to 30 pounds during pregnancy.


  • Having an increased appetite is common when you quit smoking. Luckily, increasing the number of calories you eat during your pregnancy is both normal and healthy because it helps you get the calories, vitamins, and minerals that you and your baby need.


  • After you quit, your food begins to smell and taste better. During your pregnancy, you may also find that your taste and smell increase. So you may eat more because you enjoy it more, which will help your baby grow and develop.


  • Breast feeding can help new moms lose weight during the first year after their baby is born. 

Although weight gain during pregnancy is both normal and healthy, there are some things that you can do to avoid gaining too much weight after quitting smoking. Talk to your doctor about any weight concerns you have from your pregnancy or quitting smoking. They’ll be able to tell you how much weight gain is healthy for you and give you tips for staying at  a healthy weight.


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