Get Your Weight Right
Why do doctors emphasise on the right weight gain? Well, a third of Indian women in reproductive age are undernourished. The UNICEF defines undernourishment as a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5 kg/m2 and below.7 The odds of an Indian woman being underweight and undernourished are high. Diane Coffey, a Princeton University researcher, pegs this number at 42.2%.8 So, make sure to monitor your weight during your pregnancy.
Eating the right foods can help you gain not only an ideal weight, but can also provide you with important nutrients. Frequent small meals9 and a high lean Protein intake can help with weight gain.10 Snack on all the good things such as nuts, cheese, and even ice cream. But be careful about gaining too much weight.11
Talk Freely To Your Doctor
Talk to your doctor. The right kind of nutrition matters, for you and for your baby. You need to gain the right amount of weight.
Put faith in your doctor and consult a nutritionist if you need any help in gaining and maintaining the right weight. The key is to watch your weight, while focusing on nutrition. This can reduce the risk of you getting heart disease, diabetes etc.
Monitoring your weight during pregnancy will also ensure you have a healthy baby. More importantly, it can reduce your baby’s health and development risks in the future.
The author is Neha Chandna, who is a practicing dietitian since the last 8 years.
The views, opinions and recommendations expressed in this article are solely those of the author and intended as an educational aid. Please consult your doctor for professional advice concerning specific health/medical matters.