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The Institute of Medicine is out with new recommendations regarding weight gain during pregnancy.  The new guidelines were developed by a group of doctors, nutrition experts and public health officials.  These new weight gain guidelines are the first in almost 20 years.

The new pregnancy weight gain guidelines for women carrying a single fetus are:

  • Underweight: 28-40 pounds
  • Normal Weigh: 25-35 pounds
  • Overweight: 15-25 pounds
  • Obese: 11-20 pounds

If you are carrying multiples you should talk to your doctor about what the weight gain is appropriate for you given your weight before becoming pregnant and how many fetuses you are carrying.

The IOM also recommends that women schedule a prepregnancy consultation with their doctor to discuss their prepregnancy weight (among other things) and if it is safe to begin a pregnancy at their current weight.  Overweight women are more likely to experience complications during pregnancy and are more likely to need a c-section.  Your doctor may recommend that you begin to manage your weight with a healthy diet and exercise before you attempt to become pregnant.

The new guidelines are similar to the previous recommendation from the IOM with the exception of the recommendations for obese and overweight women.  The new guidelines show that women going into pregnancy already overweight need to take extra care during pregnancy to avoid excessive weight gain.

As any pregnant woman will tell you it can be difficult to maintain a good, healthy weight gain.  Excercise during pregnancy (if permitted by your doctor) is a great way to both control your weight gain and stay healthy during pregnancy.  Practicing healthy eating habits is a great way as well (although it isn’t always easy to turn down that extra donut or that whole bag of cookies!!!).

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