This fall, the Institute of Medicine will be meeting to consider changing the U.S. guidelines for how much weight a woman should gain during pregnancy. “Most of us think, overall, the weight-gain recommendations are too high, and particularly for women who have high body mass indexes to begin with,” states one panelist.
The guidelines set forth in 1990 encouraged women with a normal BMI to gain 25 to 30 pounds during pregnancy, and 15 pounds for those who were already overweight. However, they believe that these recommendations might be too high in a country with an increasing obesity rate. “The reality is, for too long, we are telling pregnant women to take it easy during pregnancy, be confined and to eat for two,” another panelist said. Many believe this kind of behavior is long overdue for revision.
The organization will be gathering scientific evidence to evaluate if it supports a reduction in the recommended weight gain, but for now, women should continue following the established guidelines and follow the advice of their doctors.
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