Pregnancy weight gain linked to academic achievement

July 4, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Most women gain more or less than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy. Women who gain less than recommended are more likely to have babies who are born pre-term or who are small for their gestational age, which can lead to lower academic achievement. "The Truth About Weight Gain and Pregnancy" quotes Professor of Economics Emily Oster, author of Expecting Better, who says women should "be more concerned about gaining too little weight than too much."

Oster is also quoted on the topic in
Reader's Digest.