Only 26% of Women receive the appropriate advice on Pregnancy Weight Gain

The amount of weight gained during pregnancy can affect the immediate and future health of a women and her infant.

In 2019, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) revised the gestational weight gain recommendations.

A study indicate examined the association between healthcare provider advice about gestational weight and inadequate or excessive weight gain.


reported receiving IOM-consistent health care provider advice


received no advice.

It was concluded that women not receiving IOM-consistent advice are put at risk for weight gain outside the recommendations.

Ask your health care provider how much weight you should gain. A women who has average weight before getting pregnant should gain 25 to 35 pounds after becoming pregnant. Underweight women should gain 28 to 40 pounds. And overweight women may need to gain only 15 to 25 pounds during pregnancy.


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