Researchers from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy report that regular physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle that begins during the first trimester can prevent excessive weight gain in obese pregnant women, which can help avoid complications like hypertension, preterm delivery, and gestational diabetes. Dr. Fabio Facchinetti, author of the study, states that according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the United States, women of normal body mass index (BMI, a measure of body fat) could gain 11-16 kilograms during pregnancy. However, obese women (with BMI > 25) should not gain more than 5-9 […]Continue reading Proper Diet and Exercise for Obese Pregnant Women
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