Abstract

Excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) has significant public health implications due to the increased risk of birth complications and cesarean section, and ultimately, increased rates of long-term obesity for the mother. Furthermore, exceeding GWG recommendations is harmful to the offspring as well, conferring increased risk of childhood and adult obesity. This suggests that pregnancy is a critical period of time to affect weight outcomes across generations. Unfortunately, the majority of US women exceed the Institute of Medicine guidelines for recommended GWG. In this chapter, we discuss prenatal physical activity, including current recommendations, pregnant women's levels of activity, and interventions to attempt to improve engagement. In addition, we discuss other predictors of GWG, evidence for GWG interventions, and recommendations for future approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Fertility
Subtitle of host publicationNutrition, Diet, Lifestyle and Reproductive Health
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages173-182
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780128009932
ISBN (Print)9780128008720
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 27 2015

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Weight Gain
Exercise
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (U.S.) Health and Medicine Division
Pediatric Obesity
Cesarean Section
Pregnant Women
Public Health
Obesity
Mothers
Parturition
Guidelines
Weights and Measures
Pregnancy

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  • Medicine(all)

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Kraschnewski, J., & Chuang, C. (2015). Prenatal Physical Activity and Gestational Weight Gain. In Handbook of Fertility: Nutrition, Diet, Lifestyle and Reproductive Health (pp. 173-182). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-800872-0.00015-9
Kraschnewski, Jennifer ; Chuang, Cynthia. / Prenatal Physical Activity and Gestational Weight Gain. Handbook of Fertility: Nutrition, Diet, Lifestyle and Reproductive Health. Elsevier Inc., 2015. pp. 173-182
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Kraschnewski J, Chuang C. Prenatal Physical Activity and Gestational Weight Gain. In Handbook of Fertility: Nutrition, Diet, Lifestyle and Reproductive Health. Elsevier Inc. 2015. p. 173-182 https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-800872-0.00015-9