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PREGNANCY AWARENESS WEEK-HEALTHY WEIGHT DURING PREGNANCY

posted Feb 12, 2020, 1:35 AM by Janene Weinstein
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While pregnancy is not the time to lose weight, women should not use their expanding bellies as a reason to eat more than is necessary. The amount of food a woman needs during pregnancy depends on a number of things including her body mass index, or BMI, before pregnancy, the rate at which she gains weight, age and appetite. All pregnant women should eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods each day. It may also be necessary to take a vitamin and mineral supplement if recommended by a physician.

Many women start off pregnancy with an overweight or obese BMI and many gain more weight than is healthy during their pregnancy. Research shows the risk of problems during pregnancy and delivery is lowest when weight gain is kept within a healthy range. Obesity during pregnancy is risky for both mother and child, with some risks including gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension (high blood pressure), Cesarean delivery, birth defects and even fetal death. If a women has an obese BMI during pregnancy, it also raises the chance her child will have obesity later in life.

Contact Janene Sacks, registered dietitian, for expert nutritional advice & counselling before, during and after pregnancy
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