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New Pregnancy Recommendations...It's About Time!

Posted on 05/22/2012

I am thrilled to learn about the new recommendations for pregnant women. What was once forbidden is now becoming the new recommendation for pregnant women...dieting during pregnancy. Yes, you heard me correctly, dieting during pregnancy. I say, it's about time.  No more excuses...no more eating for two!

A new study shows that dieting during pregnancy can help you reduce dangerous complications. But, it must be done with care and not as part of any drastic effort or fad diet.

With obesity rates soaring, it is no wonder the recommendations are changing due to increased risks to mother and child when one is overweight or obese at the time of delivery. Often having life-long complications to both mother and child.

According to a new study in the British Medical Journal shows that eating a healthy diet that is guided by dieticians and other resources may actually help reduce some complications associated with pregnancy. 

Limiting weight gain is proving the norm now that obesity is not only a rising threat to the general population, but for those expecting 20 to 40 percent of European and American pregnant women gain more than the recommended weight during pregnancy. Half of the women in the U.S. who are of childbearing age are overweight or obese.

The healthy diet and weight gain can help reduce and improve outcomes to both the mother and baby, with no significant adverse effects noticed on the baby, yet also providing healthy benefits on the newborn. Some of the benefits include a reduction in pre-eclampsia, a reduction in gestational diabetes and gestational hypertension, and a decrease in the numbers of pre-term labor and delivery.

However, even with this study, the researchers make it clear that it is important that weight management interventions that are effective and safe need to be identified. It still remains that extreme dieting can be harmful to both the baby and the mother. Diets that have a high glycemic index can also be harmful in pregnancy. With extreme dieting, mothers become less energetic, loss muscle mass, and cannot support the growing fetus.

This study has added a significant amount to the information that researchers and experts already know about dieting and pregnancy. We already know that excessive weight gain during pregnancy can cause some serious adverse maternal or fetal outcomes -- lasting a lifetime in some cases. Interventions that are targeted towards excessive weight gain can help to decrease these types of outcomes. The study adds that it is okay for a pregnant woman to be on a healthy diet and change her lifestyle in order to reduce the more than recommended weight gain. The best news is that the fetal weight is relatively unaffected.

 

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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