It's not news that Americans, on the whole, are overweight. For the first time in almost 20 years, the Institute of Medicine has issued new national recommendations regarding weight gain during pregnancy. While the guidelines have not changed for under- and average-weight women, for the 55 percent of women of childbearing age who are overweight the new limits are strict:
- Normal-weight women, as measured by a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9, should gain between 25 and 35 pounds during pregnancy.
- Overweight women, as measured by a BMI between 25 and 29.9, should gain 15 to 25 pounds during pregnancy.
- Obese women, as measured by a BMI of 30 or higher, should only gain 11 to 20 pounds.
- Underweight woman, as measured by a BMI less than 18.5, should gain 28 to 40 pounds.
Do you agree that the weight gain limits should be different based on a woman's pre-pregnancy size?