As the mother of two daughters I know too well how easily overeating during pregnancy can be. With my second daughter I gained more than the doctor recommended. When you are pregnant and craving every food imaginable it is hard to watch what you eat. I was blessed with two perfect weight healthy girls despite my not eating the best diets while expecting. It is important for expectant mothers to not only watch what they eat but how much. Overeating while pregnant can be bad for your health and your babies. Below you wil find some of the medical risks and problems associated with overeating during pregnancy.
The first thing to remember when you are pregnant and eating for two is to get thorough pre-natal care. You doctor will be able to recommend an eating plan that is best suited for you and your growing baby. Your doctors will determine if you have any medical risks that may affect your diets while pregnant. They can also advise you on a target weight gain, it varies for every woman. You can see a recommended chart on the advised amount of suitable weight gain for pregnant women here from The Mayo Clinic.
Over Weight Babies
This one seems pretty easy to figure out, if overeating during pregnancy can cause expectant mothers to gain excessive weight which in turn can result in an overweight baby. Of course cute, chubby babies are the most adorable thing but overweight babies also have medical risks. A recent study paid for by the U.S. National Institutes Of Health that was published in the medical journal The Lancet, shows that overweight babies are more likely to have problems with obesity later in childhood and as adults. Not only do bigger babies have problems with obesity later in life they are also have higher rates of developing asthma, allergies and even cancer.
Also known as gestational diabetes can be one of the most severe of the medical risks of overeating during pregnancy. It is dangerous for both the mother and child. A study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows that women who put on excessive weight during pregnancy their risk of developing second and third trimester diabetes by as much as 74%. Gestational Diabetes can cause medical risks during pregnancy and even increase the odds your child could develop diabetes later in life. Some of the medical risks and problems linked to pregnancy diabetes are: birth defects, premature birth, stillbirth, miscarriage, breathing problems, jaundice and macrosomia (overweight babies). Here you are able to view in detail more about pregnancy diabetes and its risks from The March of Dimes.
It is very obvious that overeating during pregnancy resulting in a larger than normal baby can cause delivery problems. A large baby can cause problems with a vaginal delivery, the sheer size of the baby can be much more painful. It can be harder for the mother effectively to push a baby of such a large size causing a longer and more painful delivery. And sometimes if a baby is too large it can increase your chances of a C-section if the baby is too large to fit through the birth canal.
Trouble Losing Pregnancy Weight
The last on my list of medical risks and problems caused by overeating during pregnancy affects the new mom not the baby. We all know it can be very difficult losing even small amounts of weight you gain while being pregnant. If you have gained an excessive amount of weight during pregnancy it will take much longer to lose it all and can affect your daily life. Being a new Mom is tiring and hard under the best circumstances but if you are carrying around a lot of weight it can make your daily tasks and taking care of your children even more difficult. It can also take a toll on you emotionally. Our bodies go through so many chances emotionally after having a child postpartum depression is very common. If you are also unhappy about your weight and body image this will only add to that problem. If you are experiencing problems with postpartum depression it can be serious please seek help from either your doctor or a support group.Postpartum Support International can help you get the advice and treatment you need to help you with any problems and issues you are experiencing after giving birth.
The Mayo Clinic – www.mayoclinic.com/health/pregnancy-weight-gain/PR00111
Postpartum Support International – www.postpartum.net/
The March of Dimes – www.marchofdimes.com/professionals/14332_1197.asp
National Institute For Health and Clinical Excellence – www.nice.org.uk/newsroom/news/PregnancyWeightGainLinkedToDiabetes.jsp
Howshealth.com – howshealth.com/new-guidelines-for-pregnant-women/
Sci-Techtoday.com – www.sci-tech-today.com/news/Obesity-Could-Begin-in-the-Womb/story.xhtml
MSNBC.com – www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38557952/ns/health-pregnancy/