overweight & pregnant
What extra pounds mean to you and your baby
Safe ways to gain less> If you’re overweight and pregnant, you can safely limit your weight gain by working
with a registered dietitian and a certified trainer who have expertise in pregnancy nutrition and exercise. Bernstein advises significantly obese women
to have a thorough cardiovascular checkup before starting an exercise program that can be followed during pregnancy and beyond.
“Whatever you do, do it in moderation,” Bernstein says. “This isn’t the time to train for a marathon or join a high-impact aerobics class. Start any new exercise slowly and build up gradually. Avoid exercise that can damage your joints, which are more vulnerable during pregnancy. Walking and swimming are excellent choices.”
Pregnancy can be an ideal time to tackle weight issues—for your sake and your child’s as well. Your habits will influence his, so think of pregnancy as an opportunity to become a model of healthy eating and exercise.