Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Eating for Two?

I am actually a lot more careful about how much and what I am eating when I am pregnant. I was the little baby to get the right nutrients and I don't want extra weight to lose after he is born! It is stressful enough to have a newborn! I was at the top part of the normal range.

FROM NBC: Pregnancy isn't an opportunity to eat for two -- and doing so may be putting the baby's health at risk. The study out of the UK followed over five thousand women and their children from pregnancy until the kids were nine years old.

They found women who exceeded the recommended amount of weight gain while pregnant were more likely to have children who weighed more, had higher blood pressure and lower levels of "good" cholesterol. The increased risks were highest among women who gained about a pound or more each week after the first trimester.

The Institute of Medicine recommends underweight women gain 28 to 40 pounds during pregnancy -- normal weight women should gain 25 to 35 pounds -- and overweight women should gain 15 to 25 pounds.

Obese women should gain 11 to 20 pounds. The study looked at mostly white, European women. The IOM's guidelines call for women who are considered underweight, with a body mass under 18.5, to gain 28 to 40 pounds during pregnancy. Those who are normal weight, a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9, should gain 25 to 35 pounds. Overweight women with BMI of 25 to 29.9 should gain 15 to 25 pounds. Obese women with BMI more than 30 should gain 11 to 20 pounds.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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