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U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2016. Pregnancy and breastfeeding. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture,

Annotation: This resource provides information about special nutritional needs and healthy weight gain during pregnancy and breastfeeeding. Contents include a daily checklist for estimating what and how much to eat. Information about dietary supplements; medical conditions, allergies, and food intolerances; food safety; and other topics is included.

Contact: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250, Telephone: (202) 720-2791 Fax: E-mail: Web Site: http://www.usda.gov Available from the website.

Keywords: Breastfeeding, Federal programs, Nutrition, Pregnant women, Special health care needs, Supplements, Weight gain

Lorenzo SB, Wilhite BC. 2016. Overweight and obesity in kids and teens: Resources for families (2nd ed., upd.). Washington, DC: National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, 1 p.

Annotation: This brief is designed to help families find care, services, and support and websites about overweight and obesity in children and adolescents. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Georgetown University, Box 571272, Washington, DC 20057-1272, Telephone: (202) 784-9770 E-mail: mchgroup@georgetown.edu Web Site: https://www.ncemch.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Adolescent health, Adolescents, Bibliographies, Body weight, Child health, Children, Diet, Electronic publications, Exercise, Families, Health behavior, Nutrition, Obesity, Weight gain, Weight management

Perez-Escamilla R, Meyers J. 2014. Preventing childhood obesity: Maternal-child life course approach. Farmington, CT: Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, 31 pp. (IMPACT)

Annotation: This report reviews evidence supporting implementing child obesity prevention strategies based on the maternal-child life course approach. Topics include cumulative caloric imbalance and childhood obesity, periconceptional nutrition, weight gain during pregnancy, maternal smoking during pregnancy, breastfeeding, complementary feeding, development of food taste preferences in the infancy period, weight gain during the first year of life, and toddler and preschool nutrition. Contents include a summary of the science and implications for policy and practice, initiatives in Connecticut to reduce child obesity risk factors among children under age 3, and recommendations for action.

Contact: Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, 270 Farmington Avenue, Suite 367, Farmington, CT 06032, Telephone: (860) 679-1519 Fax: (860) 679-1521 E-mail: info@chdi.org Web Site: http://www.chdi.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Barriers, Connecticut, Food habits, Gestational weight gain, Infant feeding, Infants, Life course, Model programs, Obesity, Policy development, Pregnancy, Pregnant women, Prevention programs, Risk factors, State initiatives, Weight, Young children

Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board and National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. 2013. Guidelines on weight gain and pregnancy. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 20 pp.

Annotation: These guidelines on weight gain for women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant are based on the recommendations published in 2009 by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council. They explain the importance of beginning pregnancy at a healthy weight; gaining the right amount of weight during pregnancy; and returning to a healthy weight after your baby is born. Included is a list of things women can do to ensure healthy weight gain during pregnancy.

Contact: National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone: (202) 334-3313 Secondary Telephone: (888) 624-8373 Fax: (202) 334-2451 E-mail: customer_service@nap.edu Web Site: http://www.nap.edu Available from the website. Document Number: ISBN 978-0-309-27234-6.

Keywords: Body weight, Consumer education materials, Gestational weight gain, Guidelines, Infant health, Maternal health, Obesity, Pregnancy, Pregnancy outcome, Weight gain, Weight management

Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board and National Research Council. 2013. Implementing guidelines on weight gain and pregnancy. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 20 pp.

Annotation: This booklet for health professionals highlights key points from the new guidelines on weight gain and pregnancy published in 2009 by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council. Based on evidence that a woman's health and weight before pregnancy and after delivery are just as important as her health and weight during pregnancy, the booklet explains that beginning pregnancy at a healthy weight is key; that some weight gain during pregnancy (but not too much) is important; and that returning to a healthy weight after pregnancy will help set the stage for a healthy future pregnancy. A list of things that health professionals can do to help their patients achieve a healthy pregnancy is included.

Contact: National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone: (202) 334-3313 Secondary Telephone: (888) 624-8373 Fax: (202) 334-2451 E-mail: customer_service@nap.edu Web Site: http://www.nap.edu Available from the website. Document Number: ISBN 978-0-309-27239-1.

Keywords: Body weight, Gestational weight gain, Guidelines, Infant health, Maternal health, Obesity, Pregnancy, Pregnancy outcome, Weight gain, Weight management

Rodgers AB, Yaktine AL; Institute of Medicine, Committee on Implementation of the IOM Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines and National Research Council. 2013. Leveraging action to support dissemination of pregnancy weight gain guidelines: Workshop summary. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 85 pp.

Annotation: This report summarizes a March 2013 workshop to discuss issues related to encouraging behavior change that would reflect updated guidelines on weight gain during pregnancy, such as charting weight gain during pregnancy, improving choices concerning nutrition and physical activity, and receiving adequate pre- or post-conception advice about weight and pregnancy weight gain. Contents include communicating the pregnancy weight gain guidelines, discussing efforts to support behavior change, implementing the guidelines, reviewing the First Thousand Days Program, and collaborating for action, as well as final thoughts. Appendices include the workshop agenda, list of participants, speaker biographies, and the workshop statement of task.

Contact: National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone: (202) 334-3313 Secondary Telephone: (888) 624-8373 Fax: (202) 334-2451 E-mail: customer_service@nap.edu Web Site: http://www.nap.edu Available from the website. Document Number: ISBN 978-0-309-28966-5.

Keywords: Gestational weight gain, Guidelines, Nutrition, Physical activity, Weight management, Postnatal care, Preconception care, Pregnancy, Pregnant women, Prenatal care, Resources for professionals

Rasmussen KM, Yaktine AL, eds; Committee to Reexamine IOM Pregnancy Weight Guidelines; Institute of Medicine; National Research Council. 2009. Weight gain during pregnancy: Reexamining the guidelines. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 869 pp., exec. summ. (27 pp.).

Annotation: This report examines weight gain during pregnancy and uses prepregnancy weight and body mass index to set a range for healthy weight gain. It makes recommendations to federal, state, and local organizations about using these updated guidelines to move women toward healthier pregnancies.

Contact: National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone: (202) 334-3313 Secondary Telephone: (888) 624-8373 Fax: (202) 334-2451 E-mail: customer_service@nap.edu Web Site: http://www.nap.edu Available from the website.

Keywords: Body weight, Gestational weight gain, Guidelines, Pregnancy, Pregnant women

Rassmussen KM, Yaktine AL, eds. 2009. Weight gain during pregnancy: Reexamining the guidelines. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 854 pp, plus 1 CD-ROM.

Annotation: This book explores the relationships between weight gain during pregnancy and the short- and long-term health of both mother and infant. It builds on the 1990 Institute of Medicine's weight-gain guidelines, presenting updated target ranges and guidelines for proper measurement based on Body Mass Index (BMI), a comprehensive review of the literature, and an independent analysis of existing databases. The book is intended to assist practitioners who care for women of childbearing age, policy makers, educators, researchers, and pregnant women themselves in understanding the role of gestational weight gain in the promotion of optimal pregnancy outcomes. The book includes a specific range of recommended weight gain for obese women. A CD-Rom edition of the volume is contained in the back pocket.

Contact: National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone: (202) 334-3313 Secondary Telephone: (888) 624-8373 Fax: (202) 334-2451 E-mail: customer_service@nap.edu Web Site: http://www.nap.edu Available from the website. Document Number: ISBN 978-0-309-13113-1.

Keywords: Body composition, Body weight, CD-ROMs, Gestational weight gain, Guidelines, Infant health, Maternal health, Obesity, Pregnancy, Pregnancy outcome, Weight gain, Weight management

Viswanathan M, Siega-Riz AM, Moos M-K, Deierlein A, Momford S, Knaack K, Thieda P, Lux LJ, Lohr KN. 2008. Outcomes of maternal weight gain. Rockville, MD: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 223 pp., plus appendices. (Evidence report/technology assessment; no. 168)

Annotation: This report provides a systematic review of evidence on outcomes of gestational weight gain and their confounders and effect modifiers, outcomes of weight gain within or outside the 1990 Institute of Medicine guidelines, risks and benefits of weight gain reccomendations, and anthropometric measures of weight gain.

Contact: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, Telephone: (301) 427-1104 Secondary Telephone: (301) 427-1364 Web Site: http://www.ahrq.gov Available from the website. Document Number: AHRQ Pub. No. 08-E009.

Keywords: Gestational weight gain, Infant health, Literature reviews, Obesity, Pregnancy, Reproductive health, Research, Weight gain, Women's health

CityMatCH. 2008. The AMCHP/CityMatCH Action Learning Collaborative: Building state and local capacity to help women of reproductive age achieve healthy weight before, during and after pregnancy. Omaha, NE: CityMatCH,

Annotation: This archived webcast from March 20, 2008 discusses patterns of women's weight gain before, during, and after pregnancy and how these patterns are associated with poor pregnancy and birth outcomes and contribute to long term negative health outcomes for women and their children. Speakers describe the Action Learning Collaborative and how it has worked to promote a healthy weight in women of reproductive age. Eight multidisciplinary teams from state and local health departments described how they formed effective partnerships, determined activities appropriate for their communities and states, and the lessons learned from their experiences. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: CityMatCH, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, 982170 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-2170, Telephone: (402) 552-9500 E-mail: citymch@unmc.edu Web Site: http://www.citymatch.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Audiovisual materials, Gestational weight gain, Pregnancy outcome, Pregnant women, Reproductive health, Women's health

National Research Council, Committee on the Impact of Pregnancy Weight on Maternal and Child Health. 2007. Influence of pregnancy weight on maternal and child health: Workshop report. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 116 pp.

Annotation: This report summarizes a workshop convened in May 30-31, 2006 to review U.S. trends in maternal weight (prior to, during, and after pregnancy) among different populations of women; examine the emerging research findings related to the complex relationship of biological, behavioral, psychological, and social interactions that affect maternal and pregnancy weight on maternal and child health outcomes; and discuss interventions that use this relationship to promote appropriate weight during pregnancy and postpartum. Additional topics include short- and long-term maternal and child health outcomes, approaches to promoting appropriate maternal weight, and emerging themes. Each of the seven sections in the report contains a summary and references. The appendix includes the workshop agenda and the list of participants. Statistical information is provided in charts and graphs throughout the report.

Contact: National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone: (202) 334-3313 Secondary Telephone: (888) 624-8373 Fax: (202) 334-2451 E-mail: customer_service@nap.edu Web Site: http://www.nap.edu Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 0-309-10406-8; ISBN 13: 978-0-309-10406-7 .

Keywords: Conferences, Gestational weight gain, Infant health, Maternal health, Pregnancy, Pregnancy outcome, Pregnant women, Racial factors, Socioeconomic factors, Statistical data, Weight management, Women's health

Joyce T, Racine AD, Yunzal-Butler C. 2007. Reassessing the WIC effect: Evidence from the Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System. Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research, 45 pp. (NBER working paper series no. 13441)

Annotation: This study described in this paper tested whether great exposure to the WIC program is associated with less smoking, improved weight gain during pregnancy, better birth outcomes, and greater likelihood of breastfeeding. The paper discusses the background and issues, empirical implementation, results, and conclusions. References are included. Statistical information is presented in figures and tables throughout the report.

Contact: National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138-5398, Telephone: (617) 868-3900 Fax: (617) 868-2742 E-mail: info@nber.org Web Site: http://www.nber.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Breastfeeding, Gestational weight gain, Infant health, MCH research, Smoking during pregnancy, WIC program

Brown J. 2000. Prospective Investigation of Twin Gestation: [Final report]. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota, 24 pp.

Annotation: This research focused on answering the following questions: (1) What are the characteristics of diets of women bearing twins? (2) Are caloric balance and/or nutrient density of maternal diets predictive of the birthweight or proportionate growth of twins? (3) Is timing of weight gain or total weight gain in twin gestations related to birthweight, low birthweight, or proportionate growth? (4) Does the gestational age of twins vary by maternal caloric balance or nutrient density of the diet? [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, 5301 Shawnee Road, Alexandria, VA 22312, Telephone: (703) 605-6050 Secondary Telephone: (888) 584-8332 E-mail: customerservice@ntis.gov Web Site: http://www.ntis.gov Document Number: NTIS PB2001-104000.

Keywords: Gestational Weight Gain, MCH Research, Maternal Nutrition, Multiple Births, Nutrition, Prenatal Care, Research, Twins, Twins

Ricketts S, Trierweiler K. 2000. Tipping the scales: Weighing in on solutions to the low birth weight problem in Colorado. Denver, CO: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 32 pp.

Annotation: This report discusses the problem of low birthweight in Colorado, which has one of the highest rates of low birthweight in the nation. It discusses the major contributing factors to low birthweight, including multiple births, inadequate maternal weight gain during pregnancy, smoking during pregnancy, and premature rupture of membranes. It also discusses solutions for reducing the risk factors for low birthweight.

Contact: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive, South, Denver, CO 80246, Telephone: (303) 692-2000 Secondary Telephone: (800) 886-7689 E-mail: cdphe.information@state.co.us Contact E-mail: karen.trierweiler@state.co.us Web Site: https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe Available from the website.

Keywords: Colorado, Gestational weight gain, Low birthweight, Low birthweight infants, Multiple births, Pregnancy, Premature rupture of membranes, Risk factors, Smoking during pregnancy, Weight gain

Lederman SA. 1999. Maternal factors determining birthweight. Arlington, VA: National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, 6 pp. (Research roundtable summary; no. 22)

Annotation: This paper describes a Maternal and Child Health Bureau research project conducted to gain an understanding of the factors that control or limit birthweight. The aim of this study was to identify which components of maternal weight are responsible for the associations among maternal prepregnancy weight, pregnancy weight gain, and birthweight. The statement of the problem, research question, population description and sampling plan, brief results, and a list of references are provided. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Georgetown University, Box 571272, Washington, DC 20057-1272, Telephone: (202) 784-9770 E-mail: mchgroup@georgetown.edu Web Site: https://www.ncemch.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Body weight, Low birthweight, Pregnancy, Research, Weight gain

Suitor CW. 1997. Maternal weight gain: A report of an expert work group. Arlington, VA: National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, 14 pp.

Annotation: This report discusses the relationship between maternal weight gain and pregnancy outcome, including infant weight at term. The focus was on research related to maternal weight gain published since 1990, whether the current recommendations for weight gain during pregnancy are still valid, and needs for future research. Topics include social, cultural, and physical determinants of maternal weight gain; maternal outcomes; infant outcomes; and weight gain by pregnant adolescents, by racial and ethnic minorities, and by women pregnant with twins or triplets. The report gives recommendations for practice and research. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University, Box 571272, Washington, DC 20057-1272, Telephone: (202) 784-9770 E-mail: mchgroup@georgetown.edu Web Site: https://www.mchlibrary.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Gestational weight gain Maternal nutrition, Pregnancy outcome, Pregnant women, Weight management

Lederman SA. 1996. Body composition in pregnant women. Arlington, VA: National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, 7 pp. (Research roundtable summary; no. 12)

Annotation: This report summarizes a Maternal and Child Health Bureau funded project presented at a seminar December 13, 1996. This project focuses on the relationship between weight gain in pregnant women and fat gain by studying weight gain and body composition changes during pregnancy. Weight gain, fat gain, and birthweight were studied in African-American, white, and Hispanic women. The report ends with reaction to the project and a list of publications. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Georgetown University, Box 571272, Washington, DC 20057-1272, Telephone: (202) 784-9770 E-mail: mchgroup@georgetown.edu Web Site: https://www.ncemch.org Photocopy available at no charge; also available from the website.

Keywords: Blacks, Body composition, Evaluation methods, Hispanic Americans, MCH research, Pregnant women, Weight gain, Whites

Lederman S. 1996. Body Composition in Pregnant Women [Final report]. New York, NY: Columbia University, 33 pp.

Annotation: This project was a prospective, longitudinal study of nutritionally important body composition changes occurring during pregnancy in black and white nonsmokers ages 19 to 35. Two prenatal measurements and one postpartum measurement were taken. The measurements included total body water, total body potassium, body density, bromide space, bioimpedance, skinfolds, and bone density. The study examined the relationship of increased maternal body fat to increased gestational weight gain and to the birthweight of the baby. The study provided information on the body composition changes occurring during pregnancy in the United States. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, 5301 Shawnee Road, Alexandria, VA 22312, Telephone: (703) 605-6050 Secondary Telephone: (888) 584-8332 E-mail: customerservice@ntis.gov Web Site: http://www.ntis.gov Document Number: NTIS PB97-155071.

Keywords: Body Composition, Gestational Weight Gain, MCH Research, Maternal Nutrition, Pregnant Women, Research

McAnarney E. 1989. Neonatal Outcome and Weight Gain of Black Adolescents [Final report]. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester, 73 pp.

Annotation: This study investigated the relationship of maternal weight gain and neonatal outcome (primarily birthweight and gestational age) of black adolescent and adult women of lower socioeconomic status. Total weight gain and patterns of weight gain were determined by comparing young adolescents (less than 17 years of age), older adolescents (ages 17–19 years ), and adults (ages 19–30 years) and by controlling for neonatal outcome. Further research suggested from this study consists of both new projects and continued analysis of the data from this study. New projects include those related to adolescent maternal weight gain and neonatal outcome and those related to understanding the high risk of primiparous black adult women having low birthweight and premature infants. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, 5301 Shawnee Road, Alexandria, VA 22312, Telephone: (703) 605-6050 Secondary Telephone: (888) 584-8332 E-mail: customerservice@ntis.gov Web Site: http://www.ntis.gov Document Number: NTIS PB90-147992.

Keywords: Adolescents, Blacks, Low Birthweight, Maternal Weight Gain, Minorities, Pregnant Women, Prematurity, Primiparity, Women

Cohen SA. 1986. Underweight infant, child, and adolescent. Norwalk, CT: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 333 pp.

Annotation: In 1984 a symposium on The Underweight Infant, Child, and Adolescent was held. Papers by the invited speakers and the ensuing discussion between faculty and participants provide the material presented in this volume 1.

Keywords: Weight gain

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.