Pregnancy and overweight = compulsory diet?
There are overweight and overweight, we agree. But when it comes to a real overweight and expecting a baby, the time comes to wonder if the extra pounds can have an impact on the fetus In this article, we will discuss how pregnancy and overweight issues. Update with kidsrush.com.
Pregnancy and overweight
Can being overweight be dangerous for the development of the baby?
The overweight is a global term, related to statistical data, covering very different realities. And above all, let’s not confuse weight and health! In general, if you are fit and in good health and have a varied diet, there is no more risk in an overweight woman than in any pregnant woman. Unfortunately, part of the medical profession tends to make overweight women feel guilty and they must learn to respond to them in a non-aggressive but assertive way and not to let them go! It is more the nutritional deficiencies linked to a poor, little varied diet that can pose a problem and sometimes necessitate changing your diet and possibly taking food supplements (iron, vitamin B9 – folic acid …). Also, the possibility of developing gestational diabetes ( diabetes linked to pregnancy) is monitored in all women and can occur regardless of weight.
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Pregnancy and overweight, do you have to change your diet?
It all depends on the “starting point”. Differences in quantity and quality of food. Above all, there is no question of going on a diet or depriving yourself of certain categories of food. On the other hand, pregnancy can be the occasion of awareness to modify its diet. For example, if you are in a phase of regular weight gain because you eat too much in quantity, it is in your interest to come back to listening to your feelings of hunger and satiation, by eating quietly quantities adapted to your needs. appetite. Pregnancy can be a privileged period for this because we refocus on ourselves and we listen to our bodies. Listening to your hunger in this way allows you to adapt your food intake to your needs throughout the 9 months. If we realize that we have a very monotonous or unbalanced diet, we have an interest in modifying it and adopting a healthy, varied, and pleasant diet by taking the time to cook raw foods as much as possible. It is a good starting point for a healthy diet that you will want to pass on to your child.
Should the diet differ depending on the progress of the pregnancy?
There are no changes to be expected regarding the content of the meals. On the other hand, the pregnant woman will gradually increase the quantities absorbed as the pregnancy progresses – without anticipating, however – by listening to her hunger: the belief “you have to eat for two” is not to be followed in early pregnancy!
We know the list of foods to avoid during pregnancy. Are there others when you are pregnant and overweight?
No food is to be avoided in particular, the rules for foods to be forgotten are the same as for any pregnant woman. It is in our interest to have a variety of meals and especially not to deprive ourselves of starchy foods (bread, pasta, potatoes …). We can eat everything reasonably and have fun. Deprivation, a source of stress, should be avoided! On the other hand, if we realize that we are snacking or eating a lot for emotional reasons (making us feel guilty all the more when we think about our baby) and that we cannot change that, it may be useful to consult a specialist (a member of GROS in particular). The GROS (think tank on obesity and overweight) is an association of therapists whose patients are struggling with their weight and eating behavior.
What to eat if you are hungry?
Whether you are pregnant or not, overweight or not, it is important to differentiate between hunger (a real hollow) and the desire to eat (for example by needing to take a break). If you are hungry and you know you need a snack, a snack, a snack, you will choose what pleases, is practical according to your constraints, and allows you to last until the next meal without having to worry. cut your appetite: cookies, dried fruits, fruit, bread and chocolate, compote, dairy products … or a combination of several of these elements … The further you get into pregnancy and the more the embryo grows, the more you need in general, to supplement the three traditional meals with one or two snacks: this is normal!