Washington: Consistent physical activity and healthier lifestyle changes beginning in a woman`s first trimester can prevent excessive weight gain in obese pregnant women, helping to avoid preterm delivery, hypertension and gestational diabetes, suggests a new study.This randomized study may help physicians understand why it is important to offer more specific advice to obese women who are pregnant regarding the amount of weight they should gain during their pregnancy."Weight gain should be monitored related closely to the starting weight. If you start with normal BMI [defined by weight before pregnancy divided by height measured in squared meters] could increase 11-16 kilograms. But if you are obese, the expectation is that you should only gain 5-9 kilos-more or less just the weight of the pregnancy" said Dr. Fabio Facchinetti, referencing the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the United States.Researchers from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia`s mother-infant department teamed up with their colleagues in the clinical diagnostic medicine and public health department to create a Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Program.
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