Dear Fitness Expert,
How overweight is too overweight to be pregnant? Is it dangerous to the baby to be very obese? I'm 23 and at least 100 lbs. overweight and would like to become pregnant within the next 2 years. Any advice?
Hi. Great question and I am pleased you asked. Right away...you are thinking like a mother. Good for you.
Anyone who is more than 10 pounds overweight will feel the strain on their joints (which, believe me, is an issue in the latter half of your pregnancy) and obese women face more serious dangers such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. These medical conditions become even more serious when pregnant. For these reasons you need to talk to your OB/GYN right away and work with a nutritionist.
Now, having said that (and it is a MUST) plenty of overweight women have perfectly healthy pregnancies and babies. Your health is more important than what your scale says. I am so proud of you for thinking about all of this in advance.
You should begin a few things right now -- nothing radical so don't panic.
If you have any more questions about how to start working out or what to do, please ask. Again, I am so proud of you for thinking of your baby and your health BEFORE you get pregnant. Way to go!
Alexandra Allred is a former member of the US Women's Bobsled team, is an accomplished martial artist, and continues to teach kickboxing while juggling her career as a full-time writer and mother of three. She has interviewed hundreds of athletes, models, actresses, trainers, doctors, and health/fitness experts as she sought to find answers to her own questions about working out while pregnant, arranging breast-feeding around a training schedule, diet when pregnant and breastfeeding, and encouraging her whole family.
Alex is the author of ten books, including Atta Girl! A Celebration of Women in Sports and Entering the Mother Zone: Balancing Self, Health & Family. We're excited to have her on board!