CBS News Is it safe for a pregnant woman to go on a diet? According to a new study, not only is it safe, but it can even be beneficial and reduce the risk of dangerous complications. Doctors already know that piling on excess pounds during pregnancy increases the risk for complications such as pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes, but many are cautious of giving weight loss advice out of concerns for adverse events that would harm a mom and baby’s health. For the new study, published in the May 18 issue of the British Medical Journal, researchers analyzed 44 relevant studies that comprised of more than 7, women, looking for the effects diet, exercise or both had during pregnancy. They looked specifically at how much weight women gained throughout pregnancy and whether a mother or child suffered any complications. The researchers found that all three methods reduced a mother’s weight, but diet showed the greatest effect with an average reduction of almost 9 pounds. Pregnant moms who only exercised lost about 1. The diets were tied to health benefits for pregnant moms, the researchers found.
Last Updated on October 22, Being pregnant can give rise to a whole range of emotions — from joy to anxiety to excitement. It can also be physically taxing, which makes it important that you pay sufficient attention to your health and well-being, all through the pregnancy.
The U. Healthy prenatal eating isn’t just about avoiding—it’s about choosing wisely. Napping Ages 2 to 3 See all in Preschooler. Oct 28 photos. But they said the study’s evidence was too limited to offer advice to women. But it’s equally important to focus on the nutrient-rich foods and healthy habits that will keep you and your baby thriving for the whole nine months. This mineral is used to build a baby’s bones and teeth.
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