Pregnant While Losing Weight

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Pregnant while losing weight: Are you overweight and with child?  It’s estimated that over 60% of     women in the USA are overweight.  Experts suggest that pregnant women of normal weight should aim to gain between 25 – 35 pounds.  For those who start their pregnancy being overweight, the recommendation is a gain between 2 – 3 pounds per month.  And obese females should gain between 11 and 20 pounds.  A 2010 Journal Obstetrics & Gynecology study  suggested that pregnant females who gained more than the recommended weight were significantly more likely to develop gestational diabetes.   

A look at weight loss while pregnant: Don’t diet if pregnant, fast weight loss or the use of weight loss aids should be avoided during this time, as this may be risky to both you and your baby.  However, many over weight women without dieting do lose weight.  Morning sickness during the first trimester sometimes lays claim to some weight loss.  True, vomiting can expel calories and appetite can diminish with nausea; but with all that, your developing baby will not be deprived of calories as it is stored in the fat. And don’t intentionally miss meals as this will reduce needed nutrients.

Managing weight increase during pregnancy:

For those who are overweight or obese while pregnant, the risk of complications for you and your baby goes up.  The more excess weight you have, the greater the chances for problems.  But you can do things before and during pregnancy to help you give birth to a healthy baby.

Eating healthy with planned and regular exercise can go a long way in weight management and proper nutrition for both mother and developing baby.  This means a significant lowering of  health related risks.   

Some common complications.

  • High blood pressure and preeclampsia, a potentially serious form of high blood pressure that only pregnant women get. It can be a problem for mom and baby.
  • Infertility, unable to get pregnant.
  • Stillbirth, when a baby that’s at least 20 weeks old dies in the womb before birth.
  • Gestational diabetes, some women get this diabetes during pregnancy.
  • Miscarriage, when a baby dies in the womb prior to 20 weeks of pregnancy
  • Complications during labor and birth, this could include having a very big baby for-gestational-age or needing a cesarean section (c-section)
  • Preeclampsia, this condition raises the possibility of preterm birth.  This is birth prior to 37  weeks of carrying your baby. Development is not sufficient and  can result in serious health problems for baby.

It is true that the majority of babies born to overweight and obese mothers are delivered healthy.  It is also true that excess weight during pregnancy can put your child at greater health disadvantage.

These include:

  • Birth defects, ( NTDs) these are birth defects of the brain and spine.
  • Preterm birth
  • Injury, such as shoulder dystocia, during birth because of the large size of the baby.
  • Death after birth
  • Being obese during childhood

If your pregnancy is planned, you can improve the chances of both you and your baby going through a healthy pregnancy by getting a preconception checkup. This is a medical checkup before you become pregnant.  Your doctor can further advise you on ways to eat healthy and get appropriate exercise.

If you are already pregnant, here is what you can do:


  • Be certain to get frequent prenatal care. Don’t miss any checkups.
  • Discuss your weight with your doctor. Find out how much weight gain is appropriate for you. Ordinarily, overweight women should gain about 15 to 25 pounds during pregnancy. While obese women should gain about 11 to 20 pounds during pregnancy. Don’t try to lose weight when pregnant.
  • Pregnancy is no time to be dieting.  Some diets may reduce the necessary nutrients your baby needs for growth and proper development.
  • Exercise is important, but discuss this with your health care provider before you start.  Walking,  riding a stationary bike, swimming or taking pregnancy aerobic or yoga classes are usually safe forms of exercise for pregnant women.

Will losing weight reduce your chances of pregnancy complications?

Certainly, overweight women who lose weight are less likely to have fertility problems, they are also less likely to have pregnancy complications and their babies are more likely to be born healthy, free of complications and at normal birth weight.

I hope you found this post helpful.





The Many Advantages Of Losing Weight

It doesn’t take much to gain much needed health benefits.  Researchers say that losing as little as 10% of your excess weight can mean a big payday for your health.  True, you may not look like a model in your jeans but your health will benefit from even this little weight loss.

Yale University’s Prevention Research Centre and Preventative Medicine Centre director David Katz MD, MPD says excess weight or obesity is associated with the likelihood   of developing diabetes, cancer, heart disease and a host of other diseases.

Studies show that even a modest weight loss can result in health benefits such as reduced blood pressure, and improved triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Diabetes can be prevented or even reversed.

Dr. Katz says that 80% of heart disease, 90% of diabetes and 60% of cancers are preventable if healthy lifestyles and normal body weight are maintained.

We have consistently noted in our research that a 5 to 10% weight loss is always accompanied by a lowering of blood pressure and LDL  cholesterol and an improvement in glucose tolerance. There is also a lowering of the risk of acquiring  cardiovascular disease said researcher Catherine Champagne at Louisiana State University’s Pennington Biomedical Research Centre.

Even with this modest weight loss, some doctors have been able to take patients off blood pressure and cholesterol lowering drugs.

Fat in the liver and around the waist is more metabolically active, which means it triggers heart disease.  But this type of fat is also easier to lose




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