Pregnancy and obesity

Pregnancy and obesity

by Richard Kozinski

Overweight women are prone to have more problems with conception than women who have normal weight. That is why you should think about losing a few pounds before you start working on getting pregnant. It is worth changing your diet. Eating healthy food will bring you a lot of benefits and increase chances to get pregnant.

Experts advise to gain between 15 and 25 pounds by the end of pregnancy if your BMI is 25 to 29.9. If your BMI is 30 or higher you are recommended to gain no more than 11-20 pounds.
You are expected to gain some pounds during pregnancy, but if you are overweight you should put on less than a woman of normal weight. Don’t listen to those who say that you need to eat for two people while you are pregnant. You will need only 100-300 calories more than previous.

Remember that pregnancy is not appropriate time to start a weight-loss diet. It may be dangerous for you and your developing baby. During the first trimester, it is common to lose weight because of morning sickness. Overweight and obese women have an extra reserve of fat, so the baby can grow even if they lose weight.

It is important to do some exercises which will strengthen your body. You will be able to deal better with pregnancy symptoms as back pains. If you have strong muscles, you will feel less pain. You can practise many kinds of physical activity during pregnancy, for instance walking, swimming, Pilates or yoga.

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