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Experts Corner

Nutrition

Importance of Pre-Pregnancy Weight
By Mediconsult's Nutrition Services

Q. Why is my pre-pregnancy weight important?

A. Pre-pregnancy weight range is an important factor in a healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy. Women who enter pregnancy with weights at or near the normal range tend to have easier pregnancies and healthier babies. This is not to say dieting to lose weight prior to pregnancy is always a healthy measure. Pre-pregnancy weight loss diets should be carefully planned to include all key nutrients needed for a healthy pregnancy start. Improper dieting or rapid weight loss can interfere with the menstrual cycle and reduce fertility. If pregnancy does occur while a woman is following an overly-restrictive diet, the early weeks of pregnancy can be effected. This is because women often don't know they are pregnant until 6-8 weeks into the pregnancy. By the time a poor diet is corrected, early development of the embryo can be well underway.

Having healthy eating behaviors in place before conception helps to assure that key nutrients are available for the embryo during its early weeks of life.

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