Ayurveda suggests that eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and staying hydrated can help reduce any risks. Also avoiding junk food, dairy products, chocolates, oily foods, alcohol and smoking can help reduce chances of any complications. Make sure to replace all the unhealthy food with nutritious organic fruits and vegetables.
Curejoy Expert Gina Hodge Explains:
Obesity is a medical condition which is characterized by an excessive amount of body fat. In Ayurveda, obesity is known as Medarog. Being obese and overweight during pregnancy may have a negative impact on your health and also on your child’s health; it increases the chances of having complications during pregnancy.
Studies have shown that “In the United States, more than one third of women are obese, more than one half of pregnant women are overweight or obese, and 8% of reproductive-aged women are extremely obese, putting them at a greater risk of pregnancy complications.”
Pregnant women who are overweight or obese are at a higher risk for:
• Developing gestational diabetes
• Having preeclampsia (high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, often the kidneys).
• Increases the risks associated with surgery and anesthesia, and severe obesity increases surgery time and blood loss.
• Obese women are more likely to have a cesarean delivery thus taking longer for recovery after giving birth.
• Fetuses of overweight women are at an increased risk of prematurity, stillbirth and congenital anomalies. Another risk is that the baby too may gain excessive weight at a later stage.
• Pre-eclampsia, (problem with the placenta).
• Increased or heavy bleeding after birth.
• Sometimes there are increased chances for a baby with an obese mother to have certain defects such as neural tube defects.
• Postpartum weight retention.
Ayurvedic recommendation to minimize your risks:
• Eating healthy and a well balanced diet is very important for the well being of the mother and the child.
• Strictly adhering to the weight-gain guidelines are the best ways to avoid complications.
• Regular light exercise such as brisk walking or swimming can be the most effective method for managing your weight during pregnancy.
• Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated is very important.
• Replace high calorie, processed food with fresh organic fruits and vegetables.
• Avoid oily and fried foods, processed foods, fatty foods like butter, purified butter, cheese, whole-milk yogurt, cream, chocolate, etc.
• Abstaining from risky substances like smoking, drinking and any other form of drug abuse, for the well-being of the developing fetus.
Regular prenatal visits can help your doctor monitor your health and your baby’s health and effectively manage any medical condition or other health risks that need immediate attention. Thus keeping a check on your weight can actually improve the likelihood of a healthy pregnancy.