It is wonderful that you have a sensible approach to weight and nutrition and that you are doing everything possible to keep yourself and your baby healthy.
Obesity in pregnancy is associated with a higher incidence of hypertension (high blood pressure), preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and macrosomic babies (heavier than 91⁄2 pounds). Poor eating habits can cause obese women to gain even more weight in pregnancy. But overweight women who eat sensibly often discover that they gain very little during pregnancy. With proper diet and exercise, the body redistributes some of the weight. Some of the existing fat stores are used for the baby, the placenta, and breast tissue. This can happen without extreme dieting. It’s important, in fact, not to strictly limit calories during pregnancy nd while you are breastfeeding.
If you need help in managing your weight, ask your doctor about visiting with a dietitian or nutritionist. He or she can help you develop a healthy approach to eating and nutritious meal plans.
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