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Women 11 lbs heavier one year after giving birth than before
Monday, December 29, 2014 12:51 pm Email this article
A year after giving birth, women, on average, weigh 11 lbs more than they did before getting pregnant according to a new study, weighing an average of 161.5 lbs before getting pregnant, and 172.6 lbs one year after giving birth.
“Approximately 75% of women were heavier 1 year postpartum than they were prepregnancy, including 47.4% retaining more than 10 lbs and 24.2% more than 20 lbs,” the paper notes.
Endres LK, Straub H, McKinney C, Plunkett B, Minkovitz CS, Schetter CD, Ramey S, Wang C, Hobel C, Raju T, and Shalowitz MU. Postpartum Weight Retention Risk Factors and Relationship to Obesity at 1 Year. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2015 Jan; 125(1): 144–152.
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