As many of you maybe aware my wife Tamara struggled with obesity for much of her life. As a matter of fact, when I first met her she had just completed a regimented diet plan helping her to lose a significant amount of weight. Tamara was able to control her weight issues through limiting her diet for some time until she got pregnant with our daughter. As a result of this pregnancy and the subsequent pregnancy with my son, Tamara developed health issues that caused her to gain 65 pounds over the course of the next 10 years. One of the things I remembered from both of the pregnancies is that the doctor was never concerned about Tamara gaining too much weight; rather, he was concerned with her gaining enough.
According to a FoxNews.com article many doctors follow the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine in regards to pregnancy and weight gain. According to this advisory panel, obese women should still gain 11 to 20 pounds during their pregnancy. This recommendation is less than the 25 to 35 pounds recommended for women considered to be of normal weight at the beginning of their pregnancy.
New research may indicate that weight gain recommendations for pregnant women are all wrong…or, at the very least, may need to be modified. The associated study suggests that women with a BMI of 40 or higher could actually benefit from losing weight during pregnancy.
Some of the benefits to obese women losing weight or maintaining their weight during pregnancy include:
- Reduced potential for C-section deliveries
- Reduced potential for delivering large newborns
The recommendations of the study presume that the expectant mother is eating a balanced diet that gives her the nutrients she needs to maintain a healthy baby and a healthy mother. A daily nutritious protein based shake may help in this effort. Another recent study has found that 54% of obese mothers are less likely to breast-feed their children. Considering all of the health benefits associated with breast-feeding, this statistic should be of significant concern.
Both of these studies should cause both expectent obese mothers and their doctors to re-examine old paradigms. If you would like to discuss this topic with us further or you would like to find out more about Isagenix nutritional products you can visit CleanseBenefits.com or call Tamara toll free at 1-866-982-DIET (3438).