PREVENTING EXCESSIVE WEIGHT GAIN IN OVERWEIGHT AND OBESE PREGNANT WOMEN
A study published in the February 2010 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, investigated if an intervention program would affect pregnancy weight gain and weight retention, as well as infant birth weight.
A total of 65 women who were overweight or obese before pregnancy completed the intervention, with aerobic capacity and nutrition assessed when each woman was four to five months pregnant. The women followed an individualized nutrition plan (for ∼2,000 kcal/day) and walking program until delivery. Within 6 to 18 hours of delivery, newborn weight and length, as well as any delivery complications, were recorded. Women were weighed two months after delivery.
The investigators reported that weight gain during the trial was within the recommended weekly weight gain for overweight and obese women during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Participants increased mean daily step counts to more than 10,000 steps and met the individualized nutritional goals. A small percentage of women gave birth to large infants (weighing >4.0 kg), and none gave birth to small infants (weighing <2.5 kg). Both birth sizes have been linked to obesity later in life. At two months postdelivery, 53% of women were near their prepregnancy body mass. The results of the study indicate that similar nutritional and physical activity interventions may help prevent excess weight gain during pregnancy and weight retention after delivery for overweight or obese women.
REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND ACSM'S HEALTH & FITNESS SUMMIT
There is still time to preregister for ACSM's 14th annual Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition. Trust us, you won't want to miss a minute of this meeting in Austin, TX, April 7 to 10, 2010! This year's summit will offer something for everyone with four fascinating preconferences, nearly 100 interesting lectures, exciting panel discussions, and several energizing activity sessions.
ACSM is going green in 2010 and will be offering summit attendees the option to receive the Final Program via a flash drive (instead of a paper copy). Attendees can view and surf through the summit program electronically on their laptops! If you prefer the printed copy, it is still available. Simply note your preference on your registration form.
In addition, summit attendees can earn 19.5 continuing education credits (CECs) by attending the entire conference and can earn additional CECs by attending one of the preconference sessions.
Preregistration for this meeting ends on March 17 - so make plans to attend today. Visit www.acsm.org/summit to register or to get more information about this meeting. Registration also will be available on-site.