Experts recommend stricter weight requirements for pregnant women

05/29/2009 |

The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council lowered the recommended pregnancy weight gain for overweight women to 11 to 20 pounds from the long-standing 25-pound limit. The report said 27% of women of childbearing age are obese. The changes reflect evidence that shows overweight and obese women and those who gain excessive weight during pregnancy are at higher risk for complications.

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