Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Obesity and Pregnancy

In a recent article released by the Associated Press, obesity and pregnancy were the topics at hand. The findings? Obesity can cause complications in pregnancy including miscarriage, diabetes, pre-eclampsia. And since dieting is not recommended during your 40 weeks of pregnancy, there is a greater movement to urge paitents to address obesity long before they become pregnant. Once pregnant, there are some recommendations: -That “eating for two” is a myth. Women who are skinny before pregnancy are supposed to gain 25 to 35 pounds, but the overweight should gain only 15 to 25 pounds, and the obese just 15 pounds. -Nutritional counseling, either by a dietitian or by the doctor, to suggest healthier food choices. -Mild exercise, such as a daily walk, to burn calories and lower blood pressure. -Early screening for gestational diabetes, during the first trimester. -Checking if women have undergone obesity surgery. They’re supposed to wait 12 to 18 months before conceiving, beyond the post-surgery period of rapid weight loss, and will need monitoring for deficiencies in iron, folate and other crucial nutrients.