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Healthy Weight Loss during Pregnancy

Weight loss during pregnancy is not recommended in most women. If you are underweight you are expected to gain between 28 and 40 pounds. If you are normal weight you will gain 25 to 35 pounds. If you are overweight you should limit your weight gain to 15 to 25 pounds. If you are obese, you must not gain more than 15 pounds. As you can tell, you are advised to gain weight rather than lose weight even if you are overweight or obese.

Weight loss during pregnancy might be a recommendation of your health care provider if you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Exercise and limited weight gain are the goals with this high risk pregnancy. In rare instances, dropping some pounds might be helpful. When you think of the recent past and the advice given was to eat for two and women were told that they should not start an exercise program while pregnant. The historical advice was for the pregnant woman to take it easy. Recent advice is much different. If the woman is eating for more than one she will exceed the limits of increase that her physician recommends. A recent study showed that women who participated in exercise and did not gain weight had babies of normal size. Women who did not participate in the exercise program gained weight and had babies larger than normal. Often the women had to have Caesarean births.

Weight loss during pregnancy for someone who is obese is still not recommended. Instead the obese woman is encouraged to begin an exercise program and to eat a balanced and healthy diet. The author of the study suggested 5 to 6 days a week, 30 minutes aerobic exercise, setting a moderate pace. Obesity puts pregnant women and others at risk for high blood pressure, asthma, and diabetes. These are all events that place the baby at risk. If you are obese and want to learn healthy eating, look on line for dietary suggestions. One site is RegisteredDietitian.com.

If you are considering becoming a parent you should start eating a healthy diet and begin an exercise program that you will continue as a life style change through your pregnancy and afterward. If you are already pregnant and you are concerned about your health and that of your unborn child, talk to your health care provider about starting an exercise program. Moderation is the key. Weight loss during pregnancy is not a recommendation that will be made very often, and when and if a physician does recommend this treatment if will be because of a life threatening issue.