Getting Pregnant When Overweight Or Obese
If you are overweight or obese and long for a baby, you would be advised to first get fit and healthy and lose sufficient weight to be in a healthy BMI category. This will significantly increase your chances of falling pregnant. During pregnancy, you will also have far fewer problems or risks of complications.
However, if you were to fall pregnant when you are overweight or obese, the focus should be on maintaining your weight rather than losing some. Women who are in a healthy weight category are allowed to put on some weight during pregnancy. This accounts for the weight of the baby, the placenta and the amniotic fluids. The old saying “eating for two”, however, is absolutely not true.
What Happens During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, anything a woman eats is fed through to the baby. However, the female body is designed to do this on a normal diet of 2,000 calories per day. In other words, a pregnant woman – regardless of her weight – should not eat more when she is pregnant. When taken into consideration that many obese and overweight women have very unhealthy eating habits, these are passed on to the unborn child. Furthermore, the risk of preeclampsia and diabetes during pregnancy is also significantly increased when eating an unhealthy diet or when overweight or obese.
If you were to diet during pregnancy in an attempt to try and lose weight, you will not be providing your unborn child with sufficient vitamins, minerals and other nutrition. This is why even if you are overweight or obese, you should refrain from dieting.
Fitness During Pregnancy
Whether you are overweight or not, maintaining fitness levels during pregnancy is very important. For overweight or obese women, this is doubly important because they do need to watch that they don’t put on any more weight. Fitness classes specifically designed for pregnant women exist at most leisure centers, gyms and health spas and it would be very beneficial to attend some of these classes. Pregnancy aquarobics are particularly popular and healthy.