Overweight newborns. Why the rise?

Posted by Ellen Back October - 21 - 2013
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Obesity has become a prevalent issue in today’s society. With the rise of overweight babies, mothers are at risk of experiencing greater birth complications during pregnancy. Obesity poses a serious threat to the health of expecting mothers, leaving doctors with more concern and worry.

Did you know that a women’s BMI before pregnancy can influence the weight of their newborn and fetal growth? In other words, if a mother inhibited an unhealthy weight before pregnancy, it has the ability to impact the health of their future baby. It is imperative for parents to safeguard the health of the fetus by paying close attention to weight gain during pregnancy. Health care professionals suggest that the key to reducing health problems is to make efforts to control and reduce effects of childhood obesity.

Studies indicate that women who are overweight or obese have a greater chance of developing gestational diabetes. According to the national health guidelines, adults with a BMI from 25-29 are considered unhealthy or overweight. Where do you fall? Be sure to consult these questions and concerns with your health care physician in order to evaluate a healthy weight status.

Women must learn to develop and maintain a healthy and balanced diet when expecting a newborn. Alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine, processed foods, artificial flavors and the excessive consumption of sugar are big no-no’s! Cut down on eating at fast food restaurants and prepare home-cooked meals so you know what exactly is going into your body.

In order to ensure that your child is receiving the necessary amount of prenatal nutrition, and vitamins,make sure to eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Establish a work out plan in order to integrate prenatal exercise into your daily schedule. Doctors recommend taking 30 minute walks every day, five times a week. Exercise has the ability to enhance your mood, improve your sleep and reduce pregnancy aches and pains.

Childhood obesity is preventable. Although genetics may be a contributing factor to this issue, moms can still play a vital role in promoting greater health within themselves and their babies. Practicing good nutrition and exercise is an imperative start to reshaping your health. Watch what you eat and exercise daily, you’ll be amazed at the health benefits that will benefit you and your baby in the long run.

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