Low-intensity lifestyle interventions during pregnancy can prevent excessive gestational weight gain in normal weight women. However, preventing excessive gestational weight gain in obese women has proven more difficult. Intensive interventions involving prescription of specific calorie goals and balanced nutrition have shown the most promise, but, similar to non-pregnant populations, promoting ongoing adherence to caloric prescription remains a significant challenge. Liquid meal-replacement products have been shown to promote adherence to calorie and weight goals in non-pregnant multiethnic populations. Moreover, they have been used during pregnancy as a supplement to improve nutritional adequacy and shown to be safe and to result in improved dietary intal This research project will help identify an effective program to help obese women gain a healthy amount of weight (and not too much) during pregnancy. If effective, this lifestyle program has the potential to prevent health problems in obese women and their offspring.
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This research project will help identify an effective program to help obese women gain a healthy amount of weight (and not too much) during pregnancy. If effective, this lifestyle program has the potential to prevent health problems in obese women and their offspring.
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