Weight Gain and Pregnancy

By JustMommies staff

The Institute of Medicine has released their newest stats, so if you are of a”normal” weight, you should be gaining between 25-35 pounds during pregnancy.

AP reported on the new statistics, revealing that 55% of women of childbearing age are considered overweight. The institute recommends achieving a healthy weight before getting pregnant – as overweight moms’ rates of premature deliveries are greater, as well as the child’s chances of also being overweight.

If you are already overweight – you should only gain 15-25 lbs. If you are considered obese, weight gain should only be about 11-20 lbs. For those underweight, the recommended weight gain during pregnancy is between 28-40 lbs.

Get more details on the recent study here:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090528/ap_on_he_me/us_med_pregnancy_weight