If you are overweight and are considering starting a family, there is convincing evidence that you should lose excess weight before you become pregnant.
First, some health conditions associated with overweight, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), can make it difficult to get pregnant.
Overweight increases your chances of hypertension and diabetes (gestational diabetes), in addition to your risk of pregnancy loss, preterm birth and even some birth defects. You can also run a greater risk of complications during childbirth.
Just as it is now recommended to start taking dietary supplements such as folic acid before you become pregnant, you should talk to your doctor or your midwife / gynecologist about the steps you can take to lose weight. These steps may include improving your diet and training more as part of a multi-faceted approach to losing weight long before trying to conceive. Also work with your healthcare provider to manage any medical conditions, such as hypertension.
You should know that your initial weight is now used to determine how much weight should increase during pregnancy. The guideline for average weight gain during pregnancy is 25 to 35 pounds (11 to 16 pounds) if you have a normal weight, Len Canter, a specialist reporter, recalls in an article published by HealthDay News.
But if you are overweight, with a body mass index of 25 to 29.9, you should only increase 15 to 25 pounds (from 6.8 to 11 pounds). And if she is obese, with a body mass index of 30 or more, the recommendation for weight gain during pregnancy is from 11 to 20 pounds (5 to 9 pounds).
Continuing pregnancy without getting more weight than planned is very difficult. But if you can start near your ideal weight, you will have to lose less weight in order to recover form after the baby arrives.
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