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PIA Press Release
2009/06/16

Feature: Pregnant moms should weight watch

Manila (16 June) -- The weight of expectant moms indicates whether they observe proper nutrition. Proper nutrition means eating the right kind and amount of foods.

Based on the weight for height table of DOST-FNRI by month of pregnancy the average weight gain for a full-term pregnancy I 12.5 kilograms but the recommended weight gain over pregnancy depends upon the mom's stature and pre-pregnancy nutritional status. Weight for the particular height and specific month of pregnancy that is below the stipulated range indicates that mom is not gaining enough weight. On the other hand, weight that is above the stipulated weight range indicates that the mom is overweight or gaining weight very fast.

Eating more however is not enough. It should be of the right kind and amount. Iron-rich foods and vitamin C-rich foods should be included in the daily meals to prevent iron-deficiency. Iron-rich foods include liver, hear, kidney, lean meat, egg yolk and leafy and yellow vegetables. The vitamin C-rich foods like ripe or green mango, papaya, chico, pineapple, melon and watermelon will make better use of the iron. Remember that proper nutrition and regular check-up of a mom-to be is the key to ensuring a healthy baby. (DOST/PIA) [top]

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