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CDC: Many Women Gaining Too Much Weight During Pregnancy

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Gestational Weight Gain — United States, 2012 and 2013", finds that many US pregnant women gain more than the recommended amount of weight. While women with normal body mass index are recommended to gain 25-35 pounds total during pregnancy, nearly half of women were gaining more.  

Making sure women gain the right amount of weight during pregnancy is important for both mother and baby. Babies born to moms who gain too much weight have an increased risk of childhood obesity and metabolic syndrome. For women, excessive weight gain during pregnancy makes that “baby weight” more difficult to lose. It also makes obesity more likely.

To read more, visit the CDC study or highlights in this LA Times article. For help losing weight after pregnancy, B'more Fit can help.

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