One of the traditional pieces of advice given to pregnant women is to “eat for two”, meaning they need to consume more food to help the baby grow. Pregnant women are also traditionally sheltered and told to rest.
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However, a new study shows that regular exercise and moderating weight gain during pregnancy is healthier for mothers and babies. CapeCod.com reported on the study.
According to obstetrician Richard Heywood, you only need to eat about 200-300 extra calories per day when you’re pregnant. That is enough to feed a baby.
If a woman is at a normal BMI when they become pregnant, he recommends that they gain between 25-35 pounds over the course of their pregnancy. Lighter women can gain more, but morbidly obese patients may not need to eat more at all. The baby will feed on the extra fat already there.
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The number of women who are overweight during pregnancy has jumped over the last 40 years. Around 45 percent of all pregnant women begin in an obese or overweight state, and those who start pregnancy with high weight are much more likely to gain excessive weight during pregnancy and retain it after.
Overeating while pregnant can also lead to complications like pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes in the mother, and large birth weight in the baby. Larger babies are more difficult to deliver and can experience traumas like shoulder dystocia during birth.