Is it safe to diet in pregnancy? This is something that many people will ask – especially those who are overweight and trying to lose it beforehand. There are a number of reasons why you should avoid dieting during pregnancy and here are just three of them.
You need the nutrients
When you diet(diet plan), there are high chances that you will cut out some essential nutrients; this, of course, depends on the type of diet that you follow. While this may not be a problem beforehand, this is if you decide to follow the diet in pregnancy. The problem is that your body needs the nutrients and your unborn baby will need them to grow and develop.
The worst thing that you can do is crash diet during pregnancy. This is when you will cut out all of the essential nutrients, especially starches and protein. Crash dieting already puts your body under a lot of stress and you will be putting your baby under it too.
Weight gain is a positive sign
A healthy weight gain while you are pregnant is healthy and something that you should be excited about. This proves that the baby is developing at a rate. Rather than following a diet during pregnancy, consider following a healthy eating plan. This will help to add the nutrients that you need while also helping to keep your natural weight constant – the only weight you gain will be from the baby.
Before you follow any type of plan, you need to consult your doctor or midwife. They will be able to help set up some form of healthy eating to make sure that you are getting the required nutrients.
They will also be able to help you add some exercise to your daily regime without putting your baby at any risk.
It is worth remembering that there are high chances you will lose weight during your first trimester, especially if you suffer from morning sickness. There are a number of women who will be put off certain types of food or will not want to eat anything at all. This is all just temporary and by the second trimester, you should find yourself back to some normal eating habits.
Keep an eye on your weight
There are many women who will keep an eye on their weight gain while they are pregnant. This is a good thing for two reasons. The first is that you can monitor the amount that the baby is growing at. It is worth talking to your doctor about a week-by-week guide to follow the baby’s growth and how much weight is expected to gain.
The second reason is so that you know how much you have put on due to pregnancy. This will help you determine how much you need to lose afterwards. However, this does not mean that you should diet in pregnancy. The best way to monitor your weight is to talk to your doctor or join a prenatal group that offers this.