It is common belief that women gain weight during pregnancy, that’s a given, sometimes as much as dozens of pounds.
Being overweight prior to pregnancy can lead to many complications further down the line, many women are of the understanding that it is in there own and there child’s best interest to lose some weight during pregnancy, however some medical professionals believe that the opposite is true.
Dr. Patrick Catalano, director for reproductive health at the Metrohealth health center in Cleveland states that ‘Many people recommend weight loss during pregnancy, particularly for very obese women, however this can have adverse effects’.
Research conducted by Catalano found that women who gained very little or no weight during pregnancy had smaller fetuses for there age, The infants has a lower bodyweight and had a smaller head circumferance than there peers whose mothers had gained weight during there pregnancy.
Bad Effects On The Infant
Expectant mothers should also be aware of going to the other end of the scale too, gaining more than the recommended weight can have bad effects on the infant, often making them unusually large for there age.
Catalano also stated that ‘Nearly everyone agrees that having a big baby is no good, the lack of lean mass may have long-term consequences’.
Women who gained too much weight or dieted excessively put there fetuses at a greater risk.
It is very important for mothers to understand that any weight loss should occur before the pregnancy and that once pregnant should consult there doctor to find out whether they should or shouldn’t gain weight, taking into consideration how there weight will affect there unborn child.
It may be a matter of ‘vanity pounds’, especially focusing on weight loss after the child has been born but your infant’s safety should be your no.1 priority along with there health and your own.
Start The Process Today
There are many ways that you can get your body fit and toned after you have had your child.. Just be sure to keep it safe and healthy after you have had your baby and be sure not to push yourself overly hard, your body has had a hard 9 months upto your baby’s birth and needs time to return to normal.
You can also just set yourself up on a gradual healthy diet that will bring your weight down slowly but more sustainably.
I hope this guide on why weight loss and pregnancy don’t mix has been of help to you and hopefully you can take some of the information here forwards with you.