San Diego Union Tribune. June 9, 2009
Given Americans’ growing girth, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council have updated their guidelines for how much weight women should gain during pregnancy.
For healthy women at a normal weight for their height (a Body Mass Index or BMI of 18.5 to 24.9), the recommended gain is 25 to 35 pounds.
For underweight women (BMI less than 18.5), the gain should be 28 to 40 pounds.
For overweight women (BMI 25 to 29.9), the gain should be 15 to 25 pounds.
The updated guidelines include a new category for obese women (BMI greater than 30). Their weight gain should be no more than 11 to 30 pounds.
To determine your BMI, use this online calculator: nhlbisupport.com/bmi.htm
This article was taken from the Health Section of the San Diego Union Tribune. June 9, 2009