Pregnancy is a time to take care of your body as it is harboring a precious life. But, for many women it is sometimes a license to eat whatever they want.
As a new mom, I know that sometimes cravings kick in, not to mention food aversion to even the healthiest of fare.
While extreme dieting is also not advised, doctors caution pregnant women not to go overboard in giving in to their cravings.
A new study from the United Kingdom echoes that sound advice with results showing “that following a healthy diet, overseen by health professionals, stems excess weight gain in pregnancy and reduces the risk of pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia, diabetes, high blood pressure and early delivery.”
The study as reported on ScienceDaily.com was recently published in the British Medical Journal and compiled data from more than 40 other studies.
Both the effects of just diet or exercise alone as well as when both are done simultaneously were evaluated. The results looked at the impact on both mothers and babies health.
The results found that dieting alone contributed to a more than 30-percent less likelihood in the development of pre-eclampsia as well as a 60 percent less occurrence of gestational diabetes.
As told to ScienceDaily.com, the researchers hope to confirm these studies with additional larger studies.
From my personal experience as a trainer as well as experience with a recent pregnancy I know that it's important to be mindful that what you are eating is best for both mother and baby.
It is important to make sure you are getting quality calories and enough vital nutrients. Pizza, ice cream and chips are typically not in the nutrient-rich category, while fruits and vegetables obviously are important.
While the above mentioned study focused primarily on the results of dieting alone, I believe prenatal exercise is still important. That is of course, as long as you have no contraindications.
In fact, I exercised and taught exercise classes throughout my pregnancy and was told by my doctor that it truly helped me during labor, delivery and recovery.