-Schmatz et al. (2010)
Weight Management: Pregnancy and Postpartum
What You Can Do
Promote the 2009 IOM guidelines within your work and practice settings. See the table below:
New recommendations for total and rate of weight gain during pregnancy, by prepregnancy BMI
|Prepregnancy BMI||BMI+ (kg/m²)||Total Weight Gain (lbs)||
Rates of Weight Gain*
2nd and 3rd Trimester (lbs/week)
|Underweight||< 18.5||28 - 40||
(1 - 1.3)
|Normal Weight||18.5 - 24.9||25 - 35||
(0.8 - 1)
|Overweight||25.0 - 29.9||15 - 25||
(0.5 - 0.7)
|Obese (include all classes)||> 30.0||11 - 20||
(0.4 - 0.6)
+ To Calculate BMI go to http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm
* Calculations asume a 0.5 - 2 kg (1.1 - 4.4 lbs) weight gain in the first trimester (based on Siega-Riz et al., 1994; Abrams et al., 1995; Carmichael et al., 1997)
- Start the conversation about healthy weight with your patients or clients. YOU can make a positive difference in a woman’s life. Visit our Resources section for tools that can help.
Did you know?
Over the past 15 years, the prevalence of obesity in women of reproductive age has DOUBLED.