It is often assumed that overweight mothers give birth to overweight babies, but this study published today in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology shows a more worrying trend towards underweight babies. One of the best ways to lose weight healthily is a low GL diet. One of the best predictors of a healthy baby, and healthy pregnancy, is having a low homocysteineHomocysteine is an amino acid found in the blood. Elevated levels of homocysteine have been associated with narrowing and hardening of the arteries, an increased… level. Homocysteine is lowered by increased B vitamins, which means eating more wholefoods, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds and greens. ZincWhat it does: Component of over 200 enzymes in the body, essential for growth, important for healing, controls hormones, aids ability to cope with stress… deficiency is also a common cause of underweight babies. These foods are naturally high in zinc. My book Optimum Nutrition Before, During and After Pregnancy, explains exactly what to do.
Lose weight before you get pregnant – new study recommends
Obese women in their first pregnancy have a much greater risk of giving birth to an underweight baby, having pre-eclampsia, or a premature birth.
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