Gain Less Pregnancy Weight If Obese: Docs

New guidelines say rising obesity puts mom, baby at risk
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted May 28, 2009 2:44 PM CDT
The new guidelines suggest that obese women limit their pregnancy weight gain to less than 20 pounds.   (Shutter stock)

(Newser) – Obese women should gain between 11-20 pounds when pregnant, new guidelines urge; the figure is about half what’s recommended for women of normal weight, HealthDay News reports, and reflect concerns about the effect of rising obesity rates on mother and child.

Obesity can increase a baby’s risk of preterm birth, stuck shoulders, broken collarbones, and health problems later in life. It also puts the mother at risk of vaginal tearing, bleeding, and the need for cesarean delivery. Underweight women also put babies at risk and should gain 28-40 pounds during pregnancy. A woman’s weight at conception matters as well, the doctors say.