How Pregnancy Weight Gain Can Affect Your Future Health
Stepping on the scale during pregnancy can be super nerve-racking. (Right, mamas-to be?) You’re supposed to be gaining weight, but not too fast or too slow or too little or too much. (And don’t get us started on how freaky the numbers on the scale in the third trimester are -- even if they’re perfectly healthy ones!) And a new study says it’s not just baby’s health that can be affected by your pregnancy weight gain, but yours too, even more than a decade after baby’s born.
The study, conducted at the University of Bristol in the UK, analyzed health records of over 3,800 women 16 years after they had babies, according to a press release. Researchers noted how much weight the women gained during their pregnancies and used the Institute of Medicine’s 2009 guidelines for weight gain to determine whether they fell into the recommended range. The range was:
For average women (pre-pregnancy BMI of 18.5 to 24.9): 25 to 35 pounds
For underweight women (pre-pregnancy BMI less than 18.5): 28 to 40 pounds
For overweight women (pre-pregnancy BMI of 25 to 29.9): 15 to 25 pounds
For obese women (pre-pregnancy BMI greater than 30): 11 to 20 pounds
After the 16 years had gone by, researchers found that the women who’d gained more than the recommended amounts of weight were three times as likely to be overweight or obese or to have extra abdominal fat. Women with lower pregnancy weight gain were at lower risk of becoming overweight or obese or developing resulting health problems.
How much pregnancy weight did you gain? How did you try to stay within the healthy range?
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