“Most women feel that pregnancy is the time when weight does not matter and it is an opportunity to eat as much as desired,” said Dr. Karen Cooper, OB-Gyn. “Most believe the myth that the weight will be lost quickly and easily after delivery.” A study published in the medical journal Obstetrics & Gynecology collected information from more than 44,000 mothers. The women were grouped according to their Body Mass Index (BMI): underweight, normal, overweight and obese.
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The study found that only 32% of women gained the recommended amount of weight for their category during their pregnancy. It also found that women who tended to weigh on the heavier side, overweight and obese, were most likely to gain excess weight during their pregnancy.
According to Health Day, the “Institute of Medicine guidelines recommend gaining 25 to 35 pounds if normal weight at the start of pregnancy; 28 to 40 pounds if underweight; 15 to 25 pounds if overweight; and 11 to 20 pounds if obese at the start of pregnancy.”
Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can increase the risk of premature birth. The newborn is also more likely to develop conditions like hypertension and gestational diabetes, said Dr. Cooper.
Sources: March 11, 2015. "Many Women Gain Too Much Weight While Pregnant, Study Finds". usnews.com March 12, 2015. "Pregnant Women Are Gaining More Weight Than Needed". parents.com