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Healthy weight gain is good for mom and baby

Dec 16, 2013
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is offering a free Healthy Pregnancy Action Kit to women in its communities to help them eat healthily and stay active, two important lifestyle choices that help the mom-to-be gain a healthy amount of weight during her pregnancy.

­­­SIMCOE MUSKOKA – The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is offering a free Healthy Pregnancy Action Kit to women in its communities to help them eat healthily and stay active, two important lifestyle choices that help the mom-to-be gain a healthy amount of weight during her pregnancy. 

“Gaining a healthy amount of weight in pregnancy may help to reduce the risk of complications in pregnancy and during delivery, and may also reduce baby’s risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the future,” said Becky Blair, registered dietitian with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s reproductive and child health programs. “Women who gain more weight than is recommended may never lose this excess weight after the baby is born, and this additional weight may increase risk of chronic diseases later in life. We recommend that women talk to their health care provider about how much weight gain in pregnancy is right for them.”

While how much weight a woman should gain during pregnancy depends on her Body Mass Index (BMI) before she became pregnant, staying active and eating healthily are key to gaining a healthy amount of weight. 

Women can achieve healthy weight gain by eating “twice as healthy” rather than “twice as much”, said Blair. In fact, pregnant women need only a little more food in the second and third trimesters to meet the additional energy needs of pregnancy.  And, eating a vegetable or fruit at every meal and snack is suggested as a way to be sure women get the recommended seven to nine servings each day.

Being active can be as simple as walking more often, starting at 15 minutes three times a week and working up to 30 minutes four times a week. Whatever activity a pregnant woman chooses, she should be able to talk comfortably—that way she knows she’s not overdoing it, and she should be sure to check with her health care provider before changing her activity level.

To get your free Healthy Pregnancy Action Kit, or for more information on a healthy pregnancy, connect with Health Connection, free confidential health information and advice at your fingertips, by calling 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., visiting Facebook and Twitter, or by email via the website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org. 

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