“Gaining weight during your pregnancy is perfectly normal. But it’s important to avoid gaining too much” Study revealed.
Gaining too much weight in pregnancy can affect the mother’s health. Excess weight gain has been linked to a higher risk of developing diabetes in pregnancy, high blood pressure, and complications during birth.
It can also affect the health of the baby in both the short-term and in the future. In a review of one million pregnancies, mothers who gained too much weight in pregnancy were more likely to have babies with a high birth weight compared to other mothers. Children of the mothers who gained too much weight were then at a higher risk of becoming obese as a child or adult.
Excess pregnancy weight gain can also make it more challenging to lose weight after the baby is born.
It’s important for women not to try and lose weight during pregnancy. Dieting or limiting food intake could mean the baby doesn’t get enough nutrients needed for their development.
Tips for a healthy pregnancy
- Keep those workouts going.
One way to improve your health and reduce the risk of diabetes is to incorporate regular physical activity into your life. This can help you lose weight and reduce insulin resistance. It’s especially important if you had gestational diabetes during a previous pregnancy.
- Watch your diet.
you’re not technically “eating for two.” You don’t need to increase caloric intake until your second trimester. And, even then, you only need about 300 extra calories per day. After your baby is born you’ll need about 500 extra calories if you are breastfeeding.
- Don’t rush to get back to your pre-preggo weight.
It’s hard to be patient, but be gentle with yourself about your weight loss goals after pregnancy. Your body goes through many changes during pregnancy that take time to reverse. It may take up to a year. You can begin exercising at six weeks postpartum with a goal of losing one or two pounds each week.