A New Swedish Study Found That Obese Women Could Possibly Lose Weight Safely During Pregnancy. Furthermore, This Might Reduce Their Chances Of Needing A C-Section. However, The Researchers Do Not Recommend That Women Attempt To Lose Weight During Pregnanc

A new Swedish study found that obese women could possibly lose weight safely during pregnancy. Furthermore, this might reduce their chances of needing a c-section. However, the researchers do not recommend that women attempt to lose weight during pregnancy.
A new Swedish study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that obese women could possibly lose weight safely during pregnancy. Furthermore, this might reduce their chances of needing a c-section. However, the researchers do not recommend that women attempt to lose weight during pregnancy. Current recommendations for weight gain during pregnancy, according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), are as follows:
  • Normal weight women: 25-35 pounds
  • Obese women: 11-20 pounds
For the study, a researcher looked at the medical records of 46,000 women who were both obese and pregnant between 1993 and 2008.
She separated the women into three categories of obesity: class 1 obesity, which means a body mass index (BMI) of between 30 and 35; class 2 (a BMI between 35 and 40); and class 3 (BMI of 40 or higher). Blomberg found that of women in the latter two groups, those who gained less than the IOM recommends -- or even lost weight -- were less likely to deliver a large newborn or need a C-section than their counterparts who did gain the recommended amount. (Source: Reuters)
Specific findings from the study:
  • The babies born to women who lost weight were just as healthy as the babies born to the women who gained the recommended amount of weight
  • 17% of women with Class 2 obesity who lost weight had a c-section
  • 24% of women with Class 2 obesity who gained the recommended weight had a c-section
  • Women with a BMI of 40 or more who lost weight were twice as likely to have a baby who is small for gestational age
A while back, I interviewed Dr. Thornton, an OBGYN, who discussed this very issue. I'm going to share some of that information in a post later today. This is great information, but remember not to go on any diets during pregnancy without first having an in-depth discussion with your doctor.

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