[quote=Zissou'sMom;2350115]You are supposed to gain a minimum of 30 pounds if you are average weight beforehand-- most people gain more than that.
Sorry to interject, but this is untrue. While it is true that many, if not most women gain more than this, a 30 pound weight gain during pregnancy is excessive and (close to) unhealthy. The exception is if the woman is underweight beforehand, or is carrying multiple babies. We have a major health problem with gestational diabetes, obesity, and associated childhood onset morbidities. The excess weight of Baby, increased blood volume, amniotic fluid, placentae, increased uterine and breast tissue weights is about 13-20 lbs. Anything over this is just extra fat you are storing for yourself, as a difficult to get rid of post-pregnancy gift. A wise doctor will give a woman about a 5lb buffer (18-25lbs to gain), as a 5lb excess weight gain in less than a year is "managable" and "healthy" in terms of being able to be easily corrected. Anything above this and you are putting your current and future health, as well as the future health of your baby at serious risk. Women who are overweight and become pregnant should gain less, as they already have excess energy stores that can be "used" to assist nutrient balance during pregnancy.
On a different note, because a belly ring is not a "straight through" piercing, (its more of a pulled up pocket of skin) the "holes" will always heal over. Everyone I know who had a belly or eyebrow ring and removed it was left with a small scar, that is BARELY noticeable. Said scar might stretch out a bit and be more noticeable during pregnancy, but as your body returns to its pre-pregnancy state, it will "shrink" back down. Pure vitamin E oil of greater than 20000 IU works WONDERS for piercing scars and stretch marks, so is definately your friend during this point in time!