5 Reasons to Lose Weight before Pregnancy

They say that being pregnant and expecting the birth of a new life is one of the greatest feelings in the world. What they usually don’t tell you is that that period could also be very hard on you, especially if you are already overweight. Read about 5 good reasons to lose weight before pregnancy.

1. You Will Increase Your Chances to Conceive

Overweight women tend to have more problems with conception than women of normal weight. Lose some pounds before you start working on getting pregnant and increase your chances of success.

If you want to lose some pounds you will, of course, start to eat better and you will choose healthier food. Healthy food brings a lot of benefits to your body and your health and increases your ability to conceive. Get your partner to join your new regime, even if he doesn’t need to lose weight. Healthy food will increase his sperm count and by that, your chances to conceive.

2. You Will Gain Less Weight During Pregnancy

It is normal to gain some weight during pregnancy, but that normal amount is 25-35 pounds for an average looking woman. If you are already overweight you will tend to gain more while you should actually gain less during your pregnancy.

Lose some weight before you get pregnant to prevent this. Start a healthy diet and reduce the amount of food you take. That way, you will accustom your body to a different routine and you will not crave as much food during pregnancy as you would if you were overweight. Forget about the saying that you need to eat for two people while you are pregnant. You actually need only 100-300 calories more than a normal daily intake.

3. You Will Deal With Pregnancy Easier

Pregnancy brings a lot of joy, but it can also bring a lot of troubles. The extra weight you will be carrying can bring a lot of strain on your body. That can be prevented by losing some pounds before you get pregnant.

Look at it this way – you can’t just change your diet to lose weight, you also have to exercise. Exercises will strengthen your whole body; you will deal with pregnancy better. You should pay special attention to strengthening your back muscles, because most pregnant women suffer from back pains during pregnancy. The reason for this is that muscles around the spine are not strong enough to support the weight of the baby. Stronger muscles mean less pain.

You should continue with some light workout routine even after you get pregnant, of course as long as your doctor approves of it. Light yoga or belly dancing are great for your spine and back muscles and your overall condition during pregnancy.

4. Avoid Complications at Birth

Overweight women are in greater risk of complications at birth than normal sized women. The main risk you are facing if overweight is having to have a caesarian section. Although a lot of women choose to give birth by caesarean section, it is still an operation and it brings more risks than natural birth.

You will also be in a higher risk of preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. Furthermore, overweight women tend to deliver bigger babies and the whole delivery process is prone to more complications than in normal sized women.

5. You Will Lose Baby Weight Faster

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The biggest struggle of every woman after delivery is to lose all that extra baby weight. Well, the equation is simple – the less you have to lose the faster you will lose it. So, start your pregnancy with less weight.

Overweight women tend to retain more water in their bodies and suffer from slow metabolism. Both of those can be prevented if you lose some weight before you get pregnant.

Now you have the reasons, so no more excuses lady! Lose those extra pounds and enjoy your pregnancy.

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