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The Reason Why Your Pregnancy Weight Gain Affects The Birth Weight Of The Baby
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While most of the attention is drawn to losing pregnancy weight after childbirth few women focus their attention to their weight during their pregnancy. This is unfortunate because so much depends on your health and nutrition throughout your pregnancy. Not only does it affect the health of your baby but it also affects how much weight you will gain and then have to fight to lose.

The following explains why it is so important, for your baby and for losing pregnancy weight, to pay attention to your weight throughout your pregnancy.

It is unfortunate that there still exists the misconception that you are required to eat for two people. You may have heard from other mothers but this is simply not true. Your child does not need the same amount of calories to develop and grow as a full-sized adult. All those extra calories you consume will get stored as fat in your own body. This then becomes the excess fat that becomes hard to lose after childbirth. In fact, overeating during pregnancy can actually lower the birth weight of your baby.

Why is this the case?

A study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that our bodies focus on providing nutrition and calories on the mother before the fetus. It appears that nature has developed a preference to the mother who has the greatest chance of survival and least biological risk. This makes sense if you think about it because if the child dies then the mother could still get pregnant and have another child but if the mother dies then both mother and child die and there is no way to reproduce again.

What is interesting is that our bodies respond differently depending if we become pregnant if we are underweight or overweight. This in turn affects the birth weight of the baby.

If you are underweight, our bodies try to add weight to prepare you for the labor, produce breast milk, and make sure that we are able to care for our child. This causes fewer nutrients to go to the baby resulting in a baby with a lower birth weight. If you are overweight, then our bodies focus spend the added calories to support the stored fat. Again, this causes the baby to receive fewer nutrients during pregnancy.

The best option is being at your ideal weight before getting pregnant and continue to watch your weight throughout the pregnancy. You should be gaining no more that 25-35 pounds throughout your pregnancy. This will help the baby to receive the most amount of nutrients to develop and grow healthy as well as make sure that after your pregnancy that you will have the best possible outcome for losing pregnancy weight.

Focusing on your health and watching your weight during your pregnancy because they are the most important things you can do to make certain that your baby is healthy and to ensure that losing pregnancy weight will not become such a challenge. Check out my blog to learn more information about losing pregnancy weight.


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