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FOR PREGNANT WOMEN

Unfortunately, you cannot make use of our machine related obesity solutions when you are pregnant. However, you can explore the detailed dietary and physical activity guidelines available under appropriate heads and put them to good use. In addition visit or call us remembering that you need to be under the careful attention of not one but several specialists. With your safety as top priority, our team consists of therapist, dietitian, and nutritionist along with an obesity specialist. Every care is provided to you to make sure that your weight is within the recommended gestational guidelines.

Excessive weight is prevalent among pregnant women. While inevitable weight gain is associated with pregnancy to accommodate the fetus, many do not really know what constitutes healthy weight gain during pregnancy. The gestational weight gain guidelines are as below.

  • Women with a pre-pregnancy BMI in the normal range (18.5 to 24.9) should gain 11 to 16 kg.
  • Women with a pre-pregnancy BMI in between 25 to 29.9 should gain 7 to 11 kg.
  • Women with a pre-pregnancy BMI of 30 or higher should gain 5 to 9 kg.
Overweight or obesity is a risk factor both for you and your baby.Obesity is associated with the following risks

  • Increased risk of miscarriage
  • Four times greater likelihood of a still born baby
  • Less likely to have a natural birth
  • Longer labor
In addition unborn babies are at risk for abnormalities and congenital defects. Sometimes these defects are difficult to detect with an ultrasound scan because of fat layers. Your smoking habits, weight gain and blood sugar levels can adversely impact your offspring’s future health and obesity patterns.

If you have gestational diabetes, that is, if you are a diabetic and pregnant, then get treated. Obesity invariably leads to an abnormal increase in glucose and insulin levels in blood following an oral glucose load. Insulin is an important modifier of energy and fat metabolism favoring fat deposition. Most of the weight gained during pregnancy is adipose tissue which is fat. Increased quantity of adipose tissue is associated with a relative insulin resistance. This condition roughly starts during pregnancy. There will be a change in your sugar levels which need to be treated. Insulin resistance allows more transfer of glucose and other fuels across the placenta enabling the fetus to grow. At the same time the fetus is subjected to periods of high glucose and high insulin levels. This leads to increased body fat which generally manifests as larger size at birth. Treatment of gestational diabetes could lower the risk of childhood obesity.

Strive for a healthy weight before pregnancy. Aim for a reasonable weight gain during pregnancy. Do not smoke during pregnancy. Take nutritious food and plenty of fluids. Avoid excess consumption of tea and coffee. Avoid alcohol and smoking. Undergo periodic health check-up.

The bottom line is healthy behaviors during pregnancy help prevent obesity. When in doubt or for more assistance visit or call us.


 
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