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Obese women can still safely gain lesserĀ  weight or even lose some weight during pregnancy, says a new study published in the May 2011 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In fact, obese women who tried losing their weight during their pregnancy have greater chances of reducing their risk for cesarean section.

As recommended by the Institute of Medicine, obese women must gain only about eleven to twenty pounds during their pregnant state. However, some health care providers have criticized this institute for not considering obese women in their recommendation.

Some studies suggest that severely obese women can still gain a few preggy pounds without causing some harm to their unborn baby.

How decreasing weight gain is safe during pregnancy is still unclear. However, the usual problem associated with losing some weight is having a small for gestational age baby. In fact, in this study, most obese women who tried losing some weight is two times more prone of having a baby which is small for its gestational age.

Obstetrics and Gynecology; Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes Among Obese Women With Weight Gain Below the New Institute of Medicine Recommendations; Blomberg, Marie; May 2011

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