MICH-16.5 Increase the proportion of women delivering a live birth who had a healthy weight prior to pregnancy

National Data Source
California's Maternal and Infant Health Assessment (MIHA); California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC/NCCDPHP)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
48.5 (2007)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Women with a recent live birth who reported having a healthy weight (BMI: 18.5 - 24.9) prior to pregnancy
Number of women with a recent live birth
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2007 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System:


Just before you got pregnant with your new baby, how much did you weigh?
_____ Pounds  OR  _____ Kilos

How tall are you without shoes?
_____ Feet _____ Inches  OR  _____ Meters

From the 2007 California Maternal and Infant Health Assessment:


Just before you got pregnant, how much did you weigh?
_____ Pounds  OR  _____ Kilos

How much weight did you gain during your most recent pregnancy?
_____ Pounds  OR  _____ Kilos
_____ I LOST weight during my pregnancy
_____ I stayed the same
_____ I don't know

How tall are you without shoes?
       _____ Feet  and  _____ Inches
OR _____ Meters  and  _____ cms

Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Not applicable


Methodology Notes

The most current IOM recommendations were used to determine BMI categories: BMI+ (kg/m2) Underweight 18.5-24.9 Overweight Obese The following PRAMS states were included in preparing the estimate: AK, AR, CO, DE, GA, HI, IL, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NC, NY, NYC, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, UT, VT, WA, WV, WI, and WY. These data were combined with data from the California's Maternal and Infant Health Assessment to produce the displayed estimate.

Health Insurance status data reflect prepregnancy insurance coverage.

References and More Information

  1. Institute of Medicine (2009). Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Reexamining the Guidelines, National Academies Press, Washington DC. Available online at: www.iom.edu/Reports/2009/Weight-Gain-During-Pregnancy-Reexamining-the-Guidelines.aspx.