When my mother was pregnant with me in 1950, mothers-to-be were very afraid of weight gain. Back then, doctors had spent at least two decades warning pregnant women against gaining too much weight, believing that excess pounds would lead to dangerous conditions like pre-eclampsia or toxemia. And lower weight gain would also ensure “preservation of one’s figure”.
In fact, I recall Mum’s stories about actually starving herself during the 2-3 days before each monthly prenatal appointment weigh-in so as not to incur the disapproval of her obstetrician. She was not alone. The average total pregnancy weight gain of North American women in 1950 was less than 20 pounds.
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