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Overweight & Pregnant

Aug 29, 2019

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Being overweight (BMI from 25-30) or obese (BMI above 30) whilst pregnant is not necessarily a negative thing. However, it does increase the risk of developing certain complications such as gestational diabetes and/or hypertension. That said, you can still have a healthy pregnancy if you take some precautionary measures.

Eat right

Whatever it is, don’t try to lose weight whilst pregnant. Experts agree that restricting food intake will not reduce the associated risks and may interfere with your baby’s healthy development. Instead, consult your doctor on the best diet plan for you.

Remember also to drink plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks and sodas as much as you can. Whenever possible, eat fresh fruits rather than making juices as they have fewer calories.

Be active

Exercising is a great way to help maintain a healthy weight. Start slowly if you have never regularly exercised prior to this. Participate in low impact activities like prenatal yoga, walking and swimming. If you’re looking for more strenuous activities, ask your doctor to recommend some suitable ones for you.

Regular check-ups

Most importantly, have regular check-ups with your doctor to make sure everything is going as well as it should be. Your doctor may also recommend that you undergo a few tests such as glucose screening as an added precaution.