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Do All Women Receive Advice on Pregnancy Weight Gain?

by Julia Samuel on February 28, 2018 at 4:11 PM
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Do All Women Receive Advice on Pregnancy Weight Gain?

Only about one in four pregnant women received appropriate advice on gestational weight gain and another 25% received no advice.

The researchers examined associations between healthcare provider advice -- whether it was received or not, and whether it was consistent with IOM recommendations, above, or below -- and likelihood of inadequate or excessive weight gain during pregnancy. The authors also considered the pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) of the study participants.

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"This study by Deputy et al. highlights the importance of healthcare providers as a crucial source of guidance on appropriate weight gain during pregnancy, which is of utmost importance to maternal and fetal health," says Susan G. Kornstein, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Women's Health.

"It is essential that provider advice be consistent with the most up-to-date recommendations and best practices. These findings can be extrapolated beyond weight gain to other aspects of a healthy lifestyle that can impact pregnancy."

Source: Eurekalert
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