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A BMI chart for Pregnant Women.
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What more can I say, they say if you don't gain enough weight when your pregnant you can have problems, and too much you can have problems too, so lets just have a BMI Chart for pregnant women and hand it out at the OBGYNs office. (By the way this, hopefully, dosn't apply to men.)
Hirudinea, Jul 03 2009


       Actually, yes, good point.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 03 2009

       I think the reason this doesn't exist is that there would be too much variance for it to be useful. The non-pregnant version of BMI is already controversial because of its wide error range. In addition to this, the pBMI would rely on the pre-pregnancy BMI of the mother, as well as the size and developmental rate of the baby and supporting meaty parts.
swimswim, Jul 03 2009

       // supporting meaty parts //   

       You have such a way with words. Congratulations, you've just insulted and/or alienated 53% of the population of your miserable little planet.   

       Do you desire internment, or cremation ? (if, that is, any meaningful quanity of your remains can be recovered, after you get beaten to a pulp).
8th of 7, Jul 03 2009

       Ok, change it to "placenta et al."
swimswim, Jul 03 2009

       I prefer "fleshy bits"
WcW, Jul 04 2009

       hey wouldn't it be a great idea if pregnant women were weighed periodically and advised as to diet etc? these classes could give all kinds of advice and monitor blood pressure and all sorts.
po, Jul 04 2009

       Yes, but wouldn't that be kind of expensive ? Who would pay for this ? If they're busy being weighed and stuff, they're not working, so they're not earning. Where's the good in that ? Are you trying to drstroy the economy ? it's fragile enough as it is .....
8th of 7, Jul 04 2009

       probably quite cheap - just a midwife with a pair of scales and a stethoscope, one session every month perhaps. probably pay in the long run if the health benefits are positive. say half an hour then wifey can toddle back to the factory or farmyard whatever...
po, Jul 04 2009

       Hey a preggers lady getting weighed is much cheaper than a screwed up baby in the long run.
Hirudinea, Jul 04 2009

       what about the influence of unneeded stress on the baby? Biology is great, let it work its magic without misguided meddling.
WcW, Jul 05 2009

       unneeded stress? from standing the mother on a pair of weighing scales?? hmm.   

       It is certainly true that some mothers put on too little weight (esp. if they are worried about 'getting fat') and others can put on too much   

       I think there is merit in having a set of general recommendations which help those in or planning a pregnancy to understand the 'normal range' they should expect at the different stages, so that they can consult their doctor if they appear to be significantly outside this. However, the range will be quite wide.
kindachewy, Jul 05 2009

       It is common practice to regularly weigh pregnant mothers, take their blood pressure, and advise them as to diet. At the initial OB appointment, the doc has a decent idea about how much weight gain is expected, but they measure a bunch of other variables along the way as well. In addition to concern about the health of the fetus, the doc is looking out for things like gestational diabetes in the mother. The frequency of these visits to the OB, however, may vary with different health care plans and with the health of the mother and fetus. I'm not an OB, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night (and also, my wife recently had a baby).
swimswim, Jul 05 2009

       // I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express //   

       We all wish you a speedy recovery.
8th of 7, Jul 05 2009


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