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Do You Agree With the New Pregnancy Weight Guidelines?

Do You Agree With the New Pregnancy Weight Guidelines?

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?

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Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
Some people cannot help weight gain. What if you have a slow metabolism and ate like a bird before pregnancy? Any more food you eat WILL be stored, because your body is not used to it. Seriously...I don't think it's a big deal if a tall woman gets up to 200 lbs. (Tall being over maybe 5'6 and over) Hell, even if you are short, it happens! My mom gained maybe 20 with me. I'd say less. She gained I think 70 with my brother. She didn't die, never got bitched at, and didn't put herself or my brother in danger. Scales are not a good measure of health, and don't measure the health of the baby either. Come on.
mstrauss mstrauss 8 years
I agree with you nslods that the BMI charts are totally out of date, although I do think that the new guidelines for pregnant women gaining weight is on track. They just shouldn't base it on the BMI charts, and just make it a general guideline instead. According to an endocrinologist I saw (that I will never go to again), I am overweight: I am 5"2, weigh 140 pounds, and wear a size 8. He would not stop telling throughout the whole appointment that I was overweight and should weigh 115 pounds! Yeah right.
nslods nslods 8 years
I don't agree with the new guidelines purely because I don't agree with BMI.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
I gained 80 lbs on my pregnancy. I was a 5'7/120 lbs. Wait, I think it's more than 80 lbs in fact, it's more like around 85 lbs. I didn't 'binge eat' like many people would think. I did drink a lot more of water and juice (I don't know, but I was just craving juice all the time). And I didn't have 'craving' for sugary stuffs, which is weird because that's so unlike me (who usually LOVES sugary stuff). My son is very healthy and he's almost 4, and no, the doc and nurse didn't scold me for gaining that much. Do I care about the new guideline, I'd say that it's a good suggestion/guideline, but I won't 'kill' myself 'emotionally' if I went over that limit should I ever get pregnant again one day. And I think every pregnancy is rather different. My son was born healthy, I can count with one hand how many times he's gotten a cold/fever and he's not gotten any serious sickness (if you count scratches and bruises because he jumped/run/fall on the floor--ok maybe more). He plays well, has lots of energy, develops/learns really quick and well. I've lost most of my weight gain. I'm only 4 lbs away from my pre-baby weight. I'm not in that much of a hurry of losing that 4 lbs by the way.
macneil macneil 8 years
Agreed, meandtheo, and when I had my first in Canada I was being told constantly in my third trimester that I was gaining too much and it would be hard to lose. First of all, even with full weight gain, my BMI was a couple of decimal points over 25, if that. So even if it had been hard to lose it would have been totally healthy. Second of all, it was not hard to lose. Third, my body gained the weight out of all proportion to the food I was eating - my metabolism definitely, definitely changed. This is not about not eating healthily, everyone should be advised to do that. This is about being told by healthcare professionals to worry about another thing that it seems to me is not always something you need to worry about. Definitely meandtheo and I did not have weight gain problems, but were told we did. My thinnest friend gained SEVENTY pounds, she also lost it quickly and easily. Her body did what it wanted to do.
meandtheo meandtheo 8 years
i for one really dislike these weight standards...they make me feel bad! I am a very petite woman...weigh between 100-108 when i am not pregnant; but with my first pregnancy i gained nearly 60 pounds and i am well on my way with my second. I work out 5-6 times a weeks and eat super healthy...there is really nothing i can do about it! i very rarely indulge so again these "standards" make me feel bad. i was a wreck about all the weight in my first pregnancy! i expected it this time around so i am not as upset but it is still frustrating.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I totally agree danni.
Danni99 Danni99 8 years
If we (or our bodies) knew what we needed instinctively, we wouldn't be battling this obesity problem! While I agree that pregnancy isn't the time to reform or go into hyper-health mode, making healthy choices with a few cravable cave ins is the smart course of action. It bugs me when I see women eating tons and tons of junk b/c they have the "excuse" of being pregnant. Pregnancy is an "excuse" to give your child the best start possible, not to eat doritos and hershey's kisses for dinner!
macneil macneil 8 years
You know, it seemed to me that I had no control over weight gain either time. First pregancy I lost 10 pounds in my first trimester because of morning sickness. Second pregnancy I gained more than 15 pounds. Both pregnancies I gained the same weight. In the first, I didn't seem to be eating anything in my third trimester because of heartburn, but I was gaining 2 pounds a week. Second pregnancy I ate the same way all the way through, but my weight plateaued in the 2nd trimester. I gained about 35 pounds both times, my body seemed to think that was exactly the right amount. Now, as for losing! First time, it fell off in 4 months with no diet or exercise. Second time, still no diet or exercise, but a rogue 8 pounds remains at 6 months.
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