Saturday, May 30, 2009

Obesity in Pregnancy - Recommended Weight Gain for Moms-to-be

"Pregnant obese women should gain only 11 to 20 pounds during pregnancy, in contrast to the previous guideline of 15 pounds."

Weight gain during pregnancy is very important for the mother and for the baby. An underweight mother is likely to increase their baby's odds for stunted growth and pre term delivery. This is why moms weighing below normal should gain 28 to 40 pounds during pregnancy.

The case is very different with obese moms. Since obesity poses a lot of problems, such as cardiovascular problems and diabetes, moms should limit their weight gain to only 11 pounds. Obesity in pregnancy not only is risky to moms but also to their babies as well.

Children born to obese moms are more likely to be obese themselves and to have type 2 diabetes later in their lives. As for moms, risks include vaginal tearing, bleeding and the need for a ceasarian section.

Perhaps the solution here is to achieve a normal weight prior to pregnancy. It would also be helpful if the doctors help the mothers to monitor their diet by giving them diet plans and possible exercise routine.

However, although pregnant mothers are very responsive to such recommendations, it would be hard to pull off the diet plan long term. This is very much alike to weight loss wherein its very easy to start the whole routine but hard to maintain. Losing weight should be a life long commitment for obese moms-to-be not only for them but for their babies as well.

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  1. I agree it is very important how much you gain during pregnancy. I tried to control my weight during pregnancy and gained more or less what recommended. And i have to say that I felt great and stayed active, would go out and exercise till the last days of pregnancy.

  2. @BeautyTalk
    Pregnant women tend to bum around (because of hormones of course) but it's good that you still find time to be active. Good Mom Award for you! :)