The importance of maintaining the ideal weight during pregnancy

The importance of maintaining the ideal weight during pregnancy

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.

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