Pregnant woman and Obesity

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Pregnant woman with overweight or Obesity can limit their weight gain by life style changes: Study says

This study is a hope for the pregnant woman with overweight. It’s very difficult to manage daily routine during pregnancy and obesity is an additional burden on it. Now, this clinical study will be definitely helpful for obese women to limit their weight.

Result of the study:

A recent study on 1150 women shows lifestyle interventions mainly focused on diet and physical activity results in lower proportion of excess gestational weight gain (GWG)  in overweight pregnant woman. It will decrease the risk of other complications like C section, hypertension, diabetes and foetus abnormalities.

This study was first published in journal Obesity on 06Sep2018.

Overweight and obesity in pregnant woman:

Gaining weight in pregnancy is common, but many pregnant woman gain too much of weight which increases many complications mentioned above. There is standard measurement for BMI during pregnancy.

If you come under normal weight range of BMI 18.5 to 24.9 Kg/m2 then total weight gain during pregnancy should be 11.5 to 16 kg.

Overweight women with BMI 25 to 29.9 Kg/m2 then total weight gain should be 7 to 11.5 kg.

For Obese with BMI more than or equal to 30 Kg/m2 then total weight gain should be 5 to 9 kg.


The study shows that how our diet and lifestyle have a very important role in our life as well as for our next generation. Maintaining our lifestyle can cure us from various complications and diseases. However, Diet and lifestyle should be maintain all the time before the pregnancy.

Funding agencies:

LIFE‐Moms is supported by the National Institutes of Health through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK; U01 DK094418, U01 DK094463, U01 DK094416, 5U01 DK094466 [Research Coordinating Unit]); the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI; U01 HL114344, U01 HL114377); and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD; U01 HD072834).

In addition, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), the NIH Office of Research in Women’s Health, the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, the NIH Office of Disease Prevention, the Indian Health Service, and the Intramural Research Program of NIDDK contributed support. Additional support was received from the NIDDK Obesity Nutrition Research Centers (P30 DK026687, P30 DK072476, P30 DK56341), the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Clinical and Translational Science Awards (U54 GM104940, U54 MD007587, UL1 RR024992), the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (S21MD001830), and EXODIAB‐Excellence in Diabetes Research in Sweden.

 Journal Reference:

Lifestyle Interventions Limit Gestational Weight Gain in Women with Overweight or Obesity: LIFE-Moms Prospective Meta-Analysis. Obesity,

Alan M. Peaceman, Rebecca G. Clifton, Suzanne Phelan, Dympna Gallagher, Mary Evans, William C. Knowler, Kaumudi Joshipura, Debra Haire‐Joshu, Susan Z. Yanovski, Kimberly A. Couch, Kimberly L. Drews, Paul W. Franks, Samuel Klein, Corby K. Martin, Xavier Pi‐Sunyer, Elizabeth A. Thom, Linda Van Horn, Rena R. Wing, Alison G. Cahill, the LIFE‐Moms Research Group

Vinay Dubey

A Health care professional and Pharmacologist with an aim of sharing my knowledge about health and lifestyle to everyone. Specially, I want to empower people from non medical background, with the knowledge that how daily lifestyle and medicines can affects their health. Also, to let them know how they can play an important role in the life cycle of a medicine.


  1. Dear Vinay thanks for providing information regarding obesity during pregnancy…!! Hoping for more blogs like diet during pregnancy.

    1. Thank you Seema! Soon you will get more articles on diet and nutrition.

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