The More Nutrition an Expectant Mother Gets, the Better the Baby Will Be?

Q: My wife is pregnant. She is fat and dose it have any influence on the baby?

A: Some people think that it’s normal for pregnant women to get fat during their pregnancy, for they have to be well-prepared to give birth to the baby. Actually obesity isn’t equal to strength or nutrition. Overweight may even put the mother in a dangerous situation while delivering the baby.

Experts warn that women should stay fit during pregnancy, or the potential risk of the baby having some diseases increases. In fact, studies show that fat mothers have an impact on their child’s health, and that those children have a greater risk of developing brain damage, stroke, heart disease and asthma after they become adults.

You should be careful with the diet your wife takes. A high-sugar diet during pregnancy may result in a sudden drop in your baby’s blood sugar level (hypoglycemia). The baby will be unable to take in sugary foods through the placenta after birth, so it is likely to have hypoglycemia. Studies have shown that 3 out of every 1,000 infants have hypoglycemia, which can lead to brain damage if left untreated, and it is one of the common causes of infants entering incubators.

To some extent, mother puts herself in danger because of pregnancy. Caesarean section can be difficult if the mother is obese. Almost a quarter of the 295 maternal deaths reported in the United Kingdom from 2003 to 2005 were obese, and blood clots and heart disease were the most common causes of death. In addition, if the mother is too fat, the risk of suffering from a variety of complications will greatly increase.

For mothers who are underweight or pregnant with twin, weight gain during pregnancy is relatively natural. Weight tells whether the mother is in the stage of overnutrition or malnutrition, so it is important for expectant mothers to pay attention to their weight management.


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