Pregnancy wellness tips | Obsessed with diet and exercise can cause serious health risk

workouts during pregnancyPregnancy time is basically a time zone when woman has to take lots of rest with no hard work or physical work. Many times doctor suggests some easy and light exercises with healthy diet. One of the most important pregnancy complications is weight gain which threats almost every woman who is conscious about her look. So, here I present a story of a woman who is also a very health-conscious like many other women. Her name is Maruka and she lives in Wall, New Jersey. She was also very much worried about developing gestational diabetes and other pregnancy complications that can occur with pregnancy weight gain. She cut out all the junk foods and loaded up with vegetables, high protein and low calories diet. In order to avoid morning sickness, dizziness and weakness, she kept eating at every three hours around the clock. Once a week, she allowed herself to eat pizza and half slice of cake.

She used to workouts for 90 minutes six days in a week. In her workouts she included elliptical, weight lifting, outdoor biking and roller blading and at 9 p.m., she’d take a 60-minute brisk walk. As Maruka was thinking that she has a healthy pregnancy but as she got closer to 40 weeks, her doctor expressed her to concern towards her baby’s health. The baby was weighing just 4 pounds and that’s why she suggested cutting back her exercise routine. Maruka was not worried at all and anticipated that her baby would weigh about 5 pounds and she continued to workouts. She said that I wanted to be in a good shape after my baby was born.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed according to their survey that about 47 percent of women gain too much weight during pregnancy. Experts agree that women who are a public figure are very conscious about their look. These celebrities always put an eye on the weight and after 2 weeks delivery they come back in their bikini figure. According to a survey, it has been found that 48 percent of women are cutting their calories, restricting over food groups and over exercising during their pregnancy. So, experts say that Women who are hyper-focused on their weight might actually fear having a baby and how their lives will change? Pregnancy is a time periods when many things goes out of control. The food and exercises really works as the coping mechanism.

Risk of over exercising and strict diet

Pregnant women generally face a higher risk of bone and muscle loss, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and anemia which can cause fatigue and weakness. Dr. Daniel Roshan, an OB-GYN and director of ROSH Maternal-Fetal Medicine in New York City says that over exercising and very strict diet put the unborn baby on the higher risk of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), a condition in which the baby doesn’t grow normally and has a low birth weight. This problem generally causes by the problems with the placenta and other complications which can lead to the severe issues which can be continue till the birth of baby and it may demand a cesarean section. Small babies who have the problem of breathing, feeding and have low Apgar scores may need to be monitored in NICU. Dr. Roshan says that this type of baby may grow the problems with brain development and intellectual disability.

According to a study out of U.K revealed that pregnant women who doesn’t eat enough calories during pregnancy is actually increasing the risk factors of being obese later in the life for their babies. Even more alarming study which was published in the American Journal of Public Health found that babies born to women who didn’t gain enough weight during pregnancy were more likely to die in the first year of life, compared to those women who gained more weight.

Focus on your health, not weight

Maruka was back in the gym after two and half weeks of delivery of her baby boy and she was recommended to wait till six weeks. Her son weighed 5.7 pounds which was considered to be low birth weight. The recommended weight of baby at the time of delivery should be 7.5 pounds. According to National Institute of Health revealed that babies who born with low birth weight are at the higher risk of developing many types of health issues like infections early in life, or delayed motor and social development.  Even though, Maruka ignored her doctor’s warning and kept her baby on the risk. She said, felt proud that I have maintained my body during my pregnancy and what doctors considered to be a healthy weight during her pregnancy. According to her, baby was a perfect weight and she was not able to push out eight or more pounds of baby. She said, her son had the same birth weight as she did.

However, health experts say that pregnant women should eat well balanced diet instead of placing too much focus on calories, workouts and weight gain. If they will be worried about their weight gain, it will cost their sense of calm, trust and happiness about mom to be. So, you are suggested to look at the pattern instead of looking at the weight gain. As you start looking at the pattern with your doctor that is based on the flexibility not on the fear of gaining weight and you’ll find that pregnant women are gaining weight within the recommended range without trying to control it. Rebecca Scritchfield, a registered dietitian nutritionist and a health and happiness expert in Washington, D.C said that I’s also very important to realize that pregnancy period is unpredictable and you can experience morning sickness, cravings, hormonal fluctuations and energy levels interfere. So, at this time be flexible and stay calm. When fear ends up driving the car, you end up making irrational choices that cause more stress, which is not good for you or the baby. Always try to involve something which makes you feel happy and relaxed, it will help you to enjoy the most amazing time in every women’s life.