Eating for two? How to manage pregnancy weight gain

Good news for women who worry/are worrying about pregnancy weight gain: dietary intervention can keep you at a healthy weight, and keep both you and your baby safe.  Healthy eating is more vital during pregnancy. A recent study found that dietary interventions are more effective and safe than physical activity.

Our findings suggest that interventions based on diet in pregnancy would reduce the gestational weight gain by 4 kg, on average, compared with 0.7 kg and 1.0 kg with physical activity and a mixed approach, respectively.

A balanced and healthy diet (“low glycemic diet, unprocessed whole grains, fruits, beans, and vegetables…” more details can be found in study) can reduce pregnancy weight gain and has no harmful effect on mother and baby. It in fact reduces pregnancy complications like pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, and preterm delivery.

The study found that obese and overweight women would benefit the most from this intervention. Maintaining a healthy weight before pregnancy is the most effective preventative measure for pregnancy complications and weigh gain fears. It will make healthy eating and weight management during pregnancy much easier.

Forget about the misunderstood motto of literally “eating for two,” which usually justifies overeating unhealthy foods. The motto should inspire you to maintain a healthy and balanced diet for both you and the baby. Look forward to/enjoy a healthy pregnancy 🙂

Please share any pregnancy health tips!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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