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May 28, 2009

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How much weight women gain during pregnancy and their starting weight at conception can affect their health and that of their babies, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council. The report recommends new guidelines that aim to balance the benefits and risks associated with pregnancy weight gain. The report calls for increased diet and exercise counseling and programs to help women attain a healthy weight before they become pregnant and to stay within the guidelines during pregnancy.

Anna Maria Siega-Riz, Patrick M. Catalano, Kathleen M. Rassmussen, David A. Savitz, Clyde Benney