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Monday, November 9, 2015

47% Of Pregnant Women Gain Too Much Weight In Pregnancy

Since a new CDC report looked at whether US pregnant women's weight gain and found too many women are not hitting recommended amounts, the question remains what should you do about it? The answer lies in a combination of recommendations. You need to start with your provider and get in mind the normal weight recommendations. The CDC article reviews them:Gain 28-40 if you are underweight, and 25-35 if normal weight, 15-25 if you are overweight and 11-20 if you begin pregnancy with a diagnosis of obesity. This is based on pre-pregnancy BMI. Then discuss with your provider: what is your metabolism really like: do you gain easily, have you recently been on a diet, are pregnancy nutrition requirements going to be difficult for you to eat as they are so different from your normal way of eating. Have you ever been a calorie counter? Did you have to recently give up smoking? Be realistic and discuss a plan with your birth provider so that you can tackle these issues together. For some it may mean pre-pregnancy weight loss. For the 47% it is especially difficult because many struggle with getting in enough exercise during pregnancy as the added demands of appointments and baby planning cut into an already limited schedule around work and family. Pregnancy patients tend to ignore their wrist energy expenditure calculators thinking that calorie counting and energy balance is for 'dieters'. But there are ways to realistically use these devices to track what intakes you need. Bring in your data, discuss when the weight gain should occur (many of the women studied
gain extra weight in the very first trimester) and gab about it with your gyno.

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