Beth Levine

For all of its wonders, pregnancy is a time with a lot of restrictions too. There are certain foods you're not supposed to eat, medications or supplements you shouldn't take, activities to avoid because they can increase the risk of falling, and of course you need to refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol. One of the things many pregnant women still enjoy, however, is getting to indulge in second helpings and dessert. After all, they often reason, those extra calories are necessary when you're eating for two. And it's just that type of thinking that may explain why new research has determined that many women go above and beyond medical recommendations for weight during pregnancy.

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