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.
Implementation of the New Institute of Medicine Gestational Weight Gain Guidelines
Article first published online: 21 JAN 2011
2010 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 55, Issue 6, pages 512–519, November-December 2010
How to Cite
Siega-Riz, A. M., Deierlein, A. and Stuebe, A. (2010), Implementation of the New Institute of Medicine Gestational Weight Gain Guidelines. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 55: 512–519. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2010.04.001
- Issue published online: 21 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 21 JAN 2011
- gestational weight gain;
- pregravid body mass index;
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.