Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Reexamining the Guidelines

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Overview

As women of childbearing age have become heavier, the trade-off between maternal and child health created by variation in gestational weight gain has become more difficult to reconcile. Weight Gain During Pregnancy responds to the need for a reexamination of the 1990 Institute of Medicine guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy. It builds on the conceptual framework that underscored the 1990 weight gain guidelines and addresses the need to update them through a comprehensive review of the literature and independent analyses of existing databases. The book explores relationships between weight gain during pregnancy and a variety of factors (e.g., the mother's weight and height before pregnancy) and places this in the context of the health of the infant and the mother, presenting specific, updated target ranges for weight gain during pregnancy and guidelines for proper measurement. New features of this book include a specific range of recommended gain for obese women.

Weight Gain During Pregnancy is intended to assist practitioners who care for women of childbearing age, policy makers, educators, researchers, and the pregnant women themselves to understand the role of gestational weight gain and to provide them with the tools needed to promote optimal pregnancy outcomes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309131131
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 12/14/2009
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Summary 1

1 Setting the Stage for Revising Pregnancy Weight Guidelines: Conceptual Framework 13

2 Descriptive Epidemiology and Trends 25

3 Composition and Components of Gestational Weight Gain: Physiology and Metabolism 71

4 Determinants of Gestational Weight Gain 111

5 Consequences of Gestational Weight Gain for the Mother 173

6 Consequences of Gestational Weight Gain for the Child 195

7 Determining Optimal Weight Gain 241

8 Approaches to Achieving Recommended Gestational Weight Gain 263

9 Open Session and Workshop Agendas 281

10 Committee Member Biographical Sketches 287

Appendix A Acronyms and Abbreviations, Glossary, and Supplemental Information 295

Appendix B Supplementary Information on Nutritional Intake 315

Appendix C Supplementary Information on Composition and Components of Gestational Weight Gain 329

Appendix D Summary of Determinants of Gestational Weight Gain 365

Appendix E Results from the Evidence-Based Report on Outcomes of Maternal Weight Gain 389

Appendix F Data Tables 641

Appendix G Consultant Reports 707

Index 843

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