Pregnancy and Obesity

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pregnancy and obesity.

Is there a special diet that an obese mother should follow?

Dr. McKenna discusses nutrition during pregnancy for women who are obese. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Is there a special diet that an obese mother should follow?

During pregnancy, we never recommend weight loss. It's not thought to be the safest thing for the baby at this point. The recommendation for weight gain during pregnancy is about 10 to 20 pounds. As far as what diet is best during pregnancy, I wouldn't recommend any fad diet. I think a well-balanced diet that has the right amount of micro and macro nutrients, as anybody should be on during pregnancy, is going to be the best diet. The caloric numbers, the amount of calories recommended are going to be less. At our practice, we recommend that all women who are obese see a dietitian so they can come up with a customized diet plan which works best for her.

  

We never recommend weight loss during pregnancy. It is not the safest thing for the baby. The recommendation for weight gain during pregnancy is about 10 to 20 pounds. As far as what diet is best during pregnancy, I wouldn't recommend any fad diet. I think a well-balanced diet that has the right amount of micro-nutrients and macro-nutrients is the best diet, and that’s what we recommend for all moms. The amount of calories recommended are going to be less for someone who is obese. At our practice, we recommend that all women who are obese see a dietitian so they can come up with a customized diet plan that works best for them.

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Source: David McKenna, MD, Perinatal Partners