Women who are not a healthy weight are more prone to problems with ovulation which in turn can lead to problems with fertility. In addition, obese women have increased complications during pregnancy, a higher chance of a caesarean section for delivery and a higher risk of baby birth defects. IVF (in vitro fertilization) has higher success rates at lower BMI and lower waistline circumference.
So, the message is simple: If you want to increase your chances of falling pregnant, reduce your risks during pregnancy and give your new baby the best start, get yourself into the normal weight category.
One of my clients, Louise Doyle has this to say, “I had been trying to conceive for quite a long time but knew I had to lose that extra weight in order to improve my chances of pregnancy. Thanks to Dr Eva and Orsmond Clinics I successfully lost 5 stone. As soon as I got to a healthy weight and BMI I had no problems with fertility and soon became pregnant. I was delighted and was very lucky to have gone to the right place for advice. I knew in my heart that I did everything I could for my baby”.
If you are already pregnant, it’s not too late. Yes you can “diet” and maintain your weight when pregnant, as long as it is done in a balanced way and the body gets the necessary micro and macro nutrients. Just because you have a large appetite or snack a bit (hence the excess weight), it does not mean that you are getting enough of the right nutrients for your baby’s development. Even if you don’t need to lose weight, you should meet with a nutritionist or dietician to make sure you are giving your body what it needs.
Once your baby is born, this is not the time to neglect your diet. I am a great advocate of breastfeeding. Your milk has everything your baby needs and there is no substitute that can offer all of this. Looking after your diet while breastfeeding will ensure that your body has the ability to provide for your baby and help to lose some extra weight which might have been gained while pregnant. I have breastfed both my babies and I think it’s a wonderful experience and it gave my boys a healthy start to life. But I made many mistakes until was guided in the right direction. I shared my story in my first book ‘The Last Diet’.
The reality is that for many women the weight problems start with pregnancy and I hear that all the time from my clients. It is crucial that you shed that baby weight ASAP. If you don’t do it immediately it just becomes more and more difficult after subsequent pregnancies. Those extra pounds after pregnancy are also mentally tough as you can’t wait to feel “normal” again! So get cracking and do it – you deserve it!
This is the start of a new beginning. Give your baby the best chance for health!