Women need to be aware of what "normal" actually is, in terms of numbers. And weighing yourself isn't the only way, and may not even be the best way, to monitor creeping weight gain, Gans said.
"I don't think the only way to maintain body weight is to weigh yourself," she said. "You know when your pants are too tight. You don't need a number to tell you that."
To check your BMI, head to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
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