Weight is a sound parameter which speaks about your health in a broad sense. With pregnancy, you are likely to gain weight (about 12% of the pre-pregnancy weight during the entire period). However, gaining too much weight during pregnancy should be discouraged. And if you are already overweight (before pregnancy), there could be more problems in line.
Too much weight gain during or before pregnancy can bring problems both for the mother and her baby which can open a channel for other problems in future. It is important to maintain a healthy weight before, during and after pregnancy largely through diet and lifestyle changes, including exercising. Learn some essential facts which point out towards the significance of weight loss before pregnancy.
Pre-pregnancy Weight Loss
Weight Loss Can Help Boost Fertility
A study suggests that obese women can benefit considerably from losing weight by enhancing their chances of conception. According to a research, there was a direct relationship between weight loss and increase in blood flow to the womb in obese women. A 5% reduction in body weight was believed to bring about almost 19% increase in blood flow to the womb. This enhanced circulation is likely to trigger the release of egg (from ovaries) and may aid embryo implantation. In the study, the average age of women was about 29 years and had a body mass index of almost 40. They mostly had polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Earlier, the team of researchers had found that small amounts of weight loss could enhance the possibility of ovulation by 30-40%.
Healthy Weight Can Be Maintained Through Diet
Maintaining and achieving a healthy weight before pregnancy is not very difficult when you know what to eat. Choose meals as whole grains where possible. Eat rich fiber food sources like lentils, beans, fruits, vegetables and oats. Stick to a low fat diet and low calorie diet. Avoid eating processed foods and foods with additional sugars. Consume small portions with greater frequency. Skip unhealthy snacking but have breakfast.
Weight Loss Is Not Recommended During Pregnancy, But Before And After
Usually, it is not advised to lose weight or be on diet once you are pregnant. Losing weight may harm the developing baby. If a woman is very overweight when she is pregnant, she could lose weight only under expert advice.
Exercising Regularly Can Help Manage Weight
Exercising is good when you want to manage weight. If you have not been exercising before, begin now with less intensity exercises like walking, swimming and aerobics. These may be continued even during pregnancy with advice from your doctor. Minimize sitting or being inactive for extended period.
Implement Substitutions To Living
Simple changes in everyday living can bring in a lot of good things, especially when you target a long term goal as weight loss. Some quick tips follow here. Avoid adding salt to foods during cooking to discourage retention of water. With fast foods, opt for the low-fat ones and the natural accompaniments like salads and low-fat dressings. Go for the baked and grilled foods which are better options over the fried ones. Consume skim milk instead of whole milk products. This can substantially lower the amount of calories and fat you consume. Use stairs instead of lift for climbing up and down.