It is a well-known fact that having the right weight is important to enjoy a healthy pregnancy. Having said that, most mums-to-be who are overweight can also have a healthy pregnancy. However, being heavier, with a raised body mass index (BMI) makes it more likely for pregnant women to be affected by certain complications.
These are some of the likely ones (but it doesn’t mean you’re sure to have them):
- Gestational Diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Your labor starting too soon
- An assisted birth
- A caesarean section
- Increased or heavy bleeding after birth
Being overweight or obese during pregnancy also puts you at higher risk of having a large baby (macrosomia). It may also make it difficult for doctors to accurately assess your baby’s growth if you carry extra weight around your middle, and you could be lead to having a small baby.
Although rare, the mother’s obesity may increase the chances of a baby having certain defects. These defects can, in rare cases, adversely affect a baby’s brain and spinal cord (neural tube defects), heart or abdominal wall. You can protect your baby against neural tube defects by taking 5mg of folic acid daily during your first trimester.
Tips to have a Healthy Pregnancy
A few simple steps can go a long way to protect your baby’s well-being. Eating healthy, exercising regularly and sticking to weight-gain guidelines are the best way to reduce the chances of complications during pregnancy and delivery. Losing weight by dieting may not be a good idea during pregnancy. Not only will it be harmful for your baby, but it can cause other complications to your health as well. If you have nausea and vomiting in the early weeks, it may make it difficult to enjoy a well-balanced diet. Make sure you drink plenty of water and try to eat small, nutritious meals.
Eat a lot of fruit, vegetables and wholegrains. Also prefer starchy options, such as whole-wheat bread and pasta. High-fiber and starchy foods will fill you up and give you the nutrients you and your baby needs. Don’t forget to take your essential supplements along with maintaining a healthy diet.
Exercising regularly during pregnancy is also a great way of helping your body to cope with pregnancy and prepare for giving birth. It helps you manage your weight effectively, when combined with a healthy diet. This can lower your risk of giving birth to a large baby. However, if you were not exercising prior to pregnancy, this isn’t the best time to start a vigorous workout. Make sure you talk to our experts at KIMS Cuddles before starting an exercise routine.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.