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Studies presented at ACOG Annual Meeting reveal new information about weight and pregnancy
Date:4/28/2014

CHICAGO Two studies from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania reveal new information about the effects of weight gain and obesity among pregnant women. One study, examining weight gain during pregnancy, shows that despite updated guidelines from the Institute of Medicine (2009), the majority of patients are still unaware of the appropriate amount of weight they should gain. A second study evaluating the implications of prenatal tests on morbidly obese women, reveals the importance of testing for this group of patients who are at an increased risk of stillbirth and early delivery. These studies, available online now in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, will be presented at the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology's Annual Clinical Meeting at Chicago's McCormick Place from April 26 to April 30, 2014.

Patient Perceptions of Weight Gain During Pregnancy

The prevalence of obesity among women is increasing, and previous research has shown that excess weight gain during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of complications for both mother and baby. In the new study, which aimed to examine the associations between pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and gestational weight gain, seventy-one percent of women who received care at a resident-run clinic, did not know the appropriate gestational weight gain, and 63 percent said that their healthcare provider had not spoken to them about the issue. Additional results of the study, led by Penn Medicine researchers Nyima Ali, MD, and Charmaine Wright, MD, revealed that women with a higher pre-pregnancy BMI were more likely to overestimate the appropriate weight gain during pregnancy.

"We know that excess weight gain in pregnancy can lead to an increased risk of complication both for the mother and baby, so it's important that information about appropriate weight gain be properly communicated to patients," said Ali. "Our results highlight the import
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Contact: Katie Delach
katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu
215-776-6063
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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