Most women would agree that one of the fun things about being pregnant is not feeling guilty about how much you eat because you're eating for two, right? Well, the March of Dimes is bringing us to our senses.
A report from its Nutrition Task Force say the eat for two attitude is triggering serious complications to moms and their babies, because of obesity during pregnancy, and other problems like diabetes and dangerously high blood pressure, and that's not all.
They say the eat for two binge brings an added risk of birth defects, because babies born to overweight mothers are more likely to be obese and suffer health problems like heart disease and diabetes as well. On the flip side though, the report warns that not gaining enough weight during pregnancy can cause problems with fetal growth. The best advice is to follow your doctor's advice with good pre-natal care.
The report also stresses the importance of vitamins like Folic Acid and other nutrients during pregnancy, and the important role of nutrition in childhood development. The Task Force says it hopes to get the report into the hands of doctors and policy makers to help prompt changes that can help tackle the soaring rates of obesity and nutrition problems in the United States.
According to the March of Dimes, more than 450,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the United States. The rate of premature birth has increased 23% since the early 1980s. The report can be found by (clicking here).