Commentary on a Cochrane Review of Diet and Exercise Interventions to Prevent Excessive Gestational Weight Gain


      Excessive weight gain during pregnancy is associated with poor maternal and neonatal health outcomes. A Cochrane Review found that healthful diet and/or exercise interventions reduced the risk of excessive gestational weight gain on average by 20%. The largest reduction occurred with combined diet and supervised exercise interventions.


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      Kate Maslin, PhD, RD, is a senior research fellow in the School of Health Sciences and Social Work at the University of Portsmouth in Portsmouth, Hampshire, United Kingdom.