The Key to Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain: Your Cell Phone? Photo: Thinkstock
You know you’re supposed to watch your weight gain during pregnancy, and that too much or not enough could mean risks to your and baby’s health. But how do you make sure you stay on track? Researchers in Australia believe an at-home scale and weigh-in reminders sent via texts could do the trick.
The researchers studied over 200 overweight pregnant women who were at risk of developing gestational diabetes and gave them all information about healthy eating and physical activity at their 14th week of pregnancy. About half the women were given extra help: instructions to weigh themselves weekly or monthly and frequent text reminders to do so. At week 28, the women who got text reminders gained an average of 3.1 pounds less than those who didn’t get texts. Researchers say regularly stepping on the scale at home really can make a difference in keeping pregnancy weight gain in the healthy range. And the study results suggest that something as simple as a phone reminder can help you remember to weigh in. (Don’t want to ask someone to text you? Set the alarm!)
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