A sensible meal plan that is rich in vitamins and minerals are essential for developing a healthy baby. You may want to ask your healthcare provider for food recommendations or seek the help of a dietician in your area.
Women who are underweight during pregnancy tend to eat low-calorie foods and not enough protein. The following are ways to get more calories:
The following are potential problems with gaining too much weight:
The baby's weight at birth and mother's weight do not always correlate. For example, it is possible for a woman who gains 35 pounds during pregnancy to deliver a 6 pound baby. The quality of food you eat is more significant than the quantity. Also remember pregnancy is not a time to diet because your baby can not survive on calories alone because nutrients are also needed.
Most overweight women have healthy pregnancies and deliver without complications. However, women who put on too much weight during pregnancy risk not only keeping that weight after birth, but also have higher rates of complications, such as developing high blood pressure and gestational diabetes or requiring a C-section. “Preeclampsia is about twice as prevalent among overweight, and about three times as prevalent among obese women, as it is among normal weight women," said Dr. Michael Katz, senior vice president for research at the March of Dimes.
However, it is important to be aware of the potential risks that extra weight can have. Pregnant women who are struggling with obesity may have:
Fortunately, appropriate medical and self care can lower the risks of these complications.
Medically you can expect that more tests may be done during pregnancy. These include ultrasounds to measure your baby's size, glucose tolerance test to screen for gestational diabetes, and other diagnostic tests later in pregnancy to monitor your baby's development.
The following self care tips are ways you can make your pregnancy a healthy one for you and your baby:
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