Pregnant women no longer recommended to eat for two - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/1/10

Pregnant women no longer recommended to eat for two

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – We used to think being pregnant meant eating for two, now, doctors say that could be putting the baby's health at risk. This latest study out of the U.K. followed over 5,000 women until their babies were nine years old. 

They found women who exceeded the recommended amount of weight gain during pregnancy were more likely to have kids who weighed more, had higher blood pressure and lower levels of good cholesterol.  Meanwhile, here's the guideline today from the Institute of Medicine about weight gain during pregnancy, underweight women should gain 28 to 40 pounds.  For normal weight women, it changes to 25 to 35 pounds and overweight women are advised to not gain more than 25 pounds.

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