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Healthcare 2015, 3(3), 733-749; doi:10.3390/healthcare3030733

Pandemic of Pregnant Obese Women: Is It Time to Re-Evaluate Antenatal Weight Loss?

Nutrition and Dietetics, University of New Haven, Boston Post Road 300, West Haven, CT 06516, USA
Academic Editor: Sampath Parthasarathy
Received: 19 June 2015 / Revised: 6 August 2015 / Accepted: 6 August 2015 / Published: 20 August 2015
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The Obesity pandemic will afflict future generations without successful prevention, intervention and management. Attention to reducing obesity before, during and after pregnancy is essential for mothers and their offspring. Preconception weight loss is difficult given that many pregnancies are unplanned. Interventions aimed at limiting gestational weight gain have produced minimal maternal and infant outcomes. Therefore, increased research to develop evidence-based clinical practice is needed to adequately care for obese pregnant women especially during antenatal care. This review evaluates the current evidence of obesity interventions during pregnancy various including weight loss for safety and efficacy. Recommendations are provided with the end goal being a healthy pregnancy, optimal condition for breastfeeding and prevent the progression of obesity in future generations. View Full-Text
Keywords: obesity; pregnancy; gestational weight loss; safety; metabolism; starvation obesity; pregnancy; gestational weight loss; safety; metabolism; starvation
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Davis, A.M. Pandemic of Pregnant Obese Women: Is It Time to Re-Evaluate Antenatal Weight Loss? Healthcare 2015, 3, 733-749.

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