Implementation of the New Institute of Medicine Gestational Weight Gain Guidelines

Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, RD; Andrea Deierlein, PhD, MPH; Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc

Disclosures

J Midwifery Womens Health. 2010;55(6):512-519. 

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Abstract and Introduction

Abstract

In May 2009, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) introduced revised gestational weight gain guidelines that were based on balancing the benefits and risks of weight gain for both the mother and child's health. This article provides an overview of these new recommendations, explaining the key changes made from the previous 1990 IOM recommendations. The important role of health care providers of pregnant women in the implementation of the new recommendations is detailed, and specific guidance for troubleshooting issues that may be encountered when helping women achieve appropriate gestational weight gains is provided.

Introduction

In May 2009, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) introduced revised its gestational weight gain guidelines. These revisions were the result of a year-long review of research investigating the implications of varying amounts of gestational weight gain on maternal and infant health outcomes. The reexamination was initiated almost 2 decades after the last comprehensive review (1990), a time period in which there has been an increasing prevalence of high maternal prepregnancy body mass index (BMI)[1,2] and a large proportion of gestational weight gains outside of recommended ranges.[3–5]

This article reviews the new IOM gestational weight gain recommendations. The important role of health care providers of pregnant women for the implementation of the new recommendations is also discussed. Finally, guidance is provided for troubleshooting issues that may be encountered when helping women achieve appropriate gestational weight gains.

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