According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, being overweight or obese during pregnancy is linked with an increased risk of gestational diabetes, cesarean delivery and preeclampsia (high blood pressure) for the mother; as well as prematurity, stillbirth and excessive weight at birth for the fetus, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
The ACOG recommends that women who are already obese when they become pregnant speak with their OB-GYN to make sure they gain the appropriate amount of weight for their health and their baby during pregnancy.
The Institute of Medicine recommends normal-weight women (BMI between 18.5 and 24.9) gain 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy, and underweight women (BMI of less than 18.5) gain 28 to 40 pounds, but overweight woman (BMI between 25 and 29.9) gain 15 to 25 pounds, and obese women (BMI of 30 and over) gain 11 to 20 pounds.
Women who are overweight or obese during pregnancy should be offered nutrition counseling, and encouraged to follow an exercise program, the ACOG says.
According to Dr. Scheele, Factor4 Weight Control® is an important aid for women who want to normalize their body weights during their reproductive years to avoid the metabolic risks associated with pregnancy and child-bearing.