The old school of thought was that even extra large women should not lose weight during pregnancy, but the baby’s health is at risk if she does not lose weight while carrying.
It was once taboo to even suggest that a very overweight woman try to lose weight during pregnancy.
This idea has changed quite a bit, as research keeps coming in that shows the dangers of a woman’s obesity on her unborn baby’s health.
The journal Heliyon reports research concluding that very large women, even when pregnant, should make efforts to lose weight (but no crash diets, gimmicks or pills) for the sake of her baby.
Yes, the emotional and physical ups and downs of expectancy mean that it’s not a great time to “deprive” yourself of large portions of your sinfully favorite comfort foods.
On the other hand, it’s not a great time for your baby to be negatively affected by all the excess fat in your body. At least cut down on your usual portions.
“The results of our research provide a solution to the conundrum affecting the 135 million pregnancies per year on this planet,” explains lead study author Dr. Pierre-Yves Robillard.
“Women want to know what their optimal weight gain should be to have their baby as safely as possible,” continues Dr. Robillard in the paper, “and their maternity care providers want to know what advice they can give women throughout their pregnancy.”
The typical recommendations for weight gain during pregnancy are not ideal for very underweight and very large women, says the paper.
• Too-thin women tend to give birth to small babies
• Morbidly obese women tend to have large babies.
• Overly-big babies have an increased risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity as adults, when compared to normal-weight babies.
How the Study Was Done
• Dr. Robillard et al conducted the study over 16.5 years.
• Body mass index (BMI) was recorded prior to pregnancy.
• Weight gain during pregnancy and weight of the baby were taken in the cases of full-term gestation.
• 52,092 women were involved.
• The current weight gain recommendations for women with a normal BMI do not apply to underweight or overweight women.
• A BMI exceeding 32 (obesity) means a gain of 3.6 kg (7.9 lbs).
• However, a BMI of at least 40 means a recommended weight loss of six kg (13.2 lbs).
“I’m eating for two” is no longer the mantra.
If you’ve already been eating for a lot more than two and have a lot to show for it, you will not deplete your developing baby from nutrients by losing the 13 pounds.
Just cut back on food that has NO benefit to an embryo or fetus: items like donuts, pie, ice cream, candy, fried foods, bacon, milkshakes, sodas, pancakes, waffles, etc.