I was appalled and amazed when a young woman told me her woman obstetrician told her it was O.K. to gain as much weight as she wanted during her pregnancy. I wondered where the doctor had received her OB training? I asked if the doctor was Board Certified in Obstetrics and the woman said she had checked and yes she was. Sadly, the young pregnant woman took the doctor at her word and ballooned from 105 pounds at five feet one to 189 pounds!
What the OB doctor didn't know or didn't tell the mother was that a large weight gain during pregnancy can hurt not only the mother, but also the baby. Pregnant women who become obese can develop hypertension or increased blood pressure, diabetes, and pre-eclampsia that can hurt the kidneys. Infants of diabetic mothers are at increased risk of being stillborn or having birth defects. The babies are generally quite large, over ten pounds, and thus may suffer birth injuries due to their size and also may have respiratory distress.
If the young woman had been my patient and was gaining weight rapidly, I would have had her check in to my office two or three times a week. My first job as a young doctor was working for a County Health Department and one of my clinics was an OB clinic. One patient was gaining weight too rapidly, so I saw her frequently. The woman finally lost a few pounds and when i asked her what worked, she anwered "Everytime I go to the refrigerator, I see your face!"