Many women gain too much weight in pregnancy. How can we help?

Harnessing what motivates pregnant women to gain only healthy amounts of weight could help fight the obesity epidemic on a global scale.

Pregnant women face a dilemma. Some need to gain weight (but not too much) while others should gain little, if any, during a time when the world seems to be urging them to eat for two. It’s no wonder they have trouble meeting the goals for weight gain during pregnancy recommended by what is now the National Academy of Medicine.

A study of more than 1.3 million pregnant women, published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association

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