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A common problem

According to National Vital Statistics, more than 50% of women begin pregnancy weighing more than is ideal. Many women also gain more weight than is recommended by the Institute of Medicine during pregnancy. Being overweight and gaining too much weight in pregnancy increase a woman's risk of pregnancy complications including:

  • Diabetes in pregnancy
  • High blood pressure
  • Cesarean delivery
  • Blood clots
  • Stillbirth
  • Large infants
  • Birth injury
  • Childhood obesity

How do I reduce my risk?

If you entered pregnancy heavier than you would like to be, you can reduce your risk of pregnancy complications by limiting how much weight you gain. The Institute of Medicine recommends that many women (those with a body mass index >30 kg/m2) gain no more than 20 lbs. in pregnancy.

Appointments may be scheduled through the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital, 401-274-1122, ext. 47096.

How do I limit how much weight I gain in pregnancy?

The Nutrition in Pregnancy Clinic is dedicated to helping you achieve a healthy weight gain in pregnancy. Services include:

  • Co-management of your pregnancy by a maternal fetal-medicine specialized physician.
  • A dedicated nutritionist to advise you on a healthy diet.
  • An exercise physiologist to assist you with a personalized pregnancy plan.
  • Postpartum referrals for additional weight management.

The Nutrition in Pregnancy Clinic is located at the Prenatal Diagnostic Center at 101 Plain Street in Providence. There is plenty of free, convenient parking. Women followed at the clinic will also be eligible for a discounted membership rate during their pregnancy to Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness at the Care New England Wellness Center.