Implementation of the New Institute of Medicine Gestational Weight Gain Guidelines

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  • Anna Maria Siega-Riz PhD, RD,

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    • Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, RD, is a professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition and the Associate Chair of Epidemiology at The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC.

  • Andrea Deierlein PhD, MPH,

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    • Andrea Deierlein, PhD, MPH, was a doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition at The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC.

  • Alison Stuebe MD, MSc

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    • Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc, is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC.


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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.

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