Expert obstetrician suggests pregnant women should gain less weight

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And then he ducks, as pregnant women everywhere throw handfuls of Doritos his way in disgust.

Current guidelines for weight gain in pregnancy recommend that all women, even those who are overweight or obese, gain at least 15 pounds during the pregnancy. No upper limit for weight gain is specified. A new review by Dr. Raul Artal, an expert in obesity in pregnancy, says that's not good medicine.

According to his editorial, overweight and obese women don't need to gain that much weight during pregnancy and should instead be encouraged to watch what they eat and maintain a regular exercise program. He argues that a more moderate weight gain would help prevent complications like high blood pressure and diabetes. Plus, the pounds gained during pregnancy often stay on long after, contributing to the growing epidemic of obesity.

With all due respect for his expert opinion, I think it's fair to say that Dr. Artal has never experienced the weird food cravings and aversions and the sometimes overwhelming fatigue that comes with being a pregnant. Having just gestated my second, I can honestly say that I made every effort to limit my ice cream obsession. I also continued walking and attending my aerobic dance class until I was 30 weeks pregnant, at which point I got too LARGE and ROUND and TIRED to continue. In spite of these efforts, I still gained almost 40 pounds.

Maybe, in addition to counseling women to gain less during pregnancy, they can make it easier to lose the post-partum weight. I vote that they start by making babies much less in need of attention so that mamas can get a workout and a shower too, but that might be asking too much.

What's your take on pregnancy pounds? Anyone want to weigh in? (ha!)

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.