40% of women gain a lot of weight after pregnancy, learn tips to maintain good health
MUMBAI: Excess weight gain during pregnancy not only makes it harder to lose excess weight after delivery, it also affects your baby’s nutrition and development. Children born to high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, chronic labor pains, and overweight mothers have an increased risk of preterm birth. There are also many studies that suggest that unhealthy weight gain during pregnancy can affect the health of the baby in the long run.
A woman raising two (or even three, if giving birth to twins) during pregnancy means that she needs to take more care of her nutritional value, eat more than in the past.
Also, all the untimely greed, which can be anything from sweets to carbohydrates and if they are not eaten in limited amounts, is bound to gain weight. Although weight gain is inevitable during pregnancy, the real problem arises when you gain more weight according to your age.
How much weight gain is ideal?
The ideal weight gain for a pregnant woman depends on her age, BMI (body mass index) or pre-existing health factors. Weight gain of 11-16 kg in nine months is considered as healthy weight gain. Weight gain also depends on factors such as whether the woman was underweight before pregnancy, underweight or obese.
Weight gain may vary from woman to woman. Some women gain weight in the first three months and some women gain weight in the next month. However, maintaining a stable weight during these nine months is crucial.
Tips for Maintaining a Healthy and Active Pregnancy –
Maintaining weight and health is very important during your pregnancy. If you think you’re overweight, or just worried about your health, here are some tips to keep in mind:
– Do not believe in the idea of eating for two during pregnancy. Eat what you need and don’t overeat.
– Hydration is important and needs to be taken care of. Drink enough water.
– It is important to exercise during pregnancy. Keep yourself physically active. However, do it carefully.
– Be sure to take regular vitamins and supplements before giving birth.
– Keep in touch with your doctor or nutritionist, who will guide you through the good and bad tips.
– Avoid any food or fatty foods. Concentrate on getting nutrition and staying healthy.
– When you know you are hungry, take everything in limited quantities.
– Pay attention to calorie intake. Avoid zero calories and instead choose the options that keep your stomach full. Eat at regular times.