A New Australian Study Of Obese And Overweight Pregnant Women Found That Expecting Moms Who Are Outside Of Their Weight Range Need To Focus On Healthy Eating.

A new Australian study of obese and overweight pregnant women found that expecting moms who are outside of their weight range need to focus on healthy eating.
A new Australian study of obese and overweight pregnant women found that expecting moms who are outside of their weight range need to focus on healthy eating. The study centered on 50 women who were overweight or obese. Researchers found the following:
  • 52% gained excess weight
  • Only 10% ate the recommended servings of vegetables
  • Only 26% ate the recommended servings of fruit
  • Only 11% took in the recommended amount of folate
  • NONE took in the recommended amount of iron
While it was a small scale study of only 50 women, it still highlights the importance of educating expectant women on healthy eating during pregnancy.
The authors of the study say the findings are 'concerning' and suggest an urgent need to target overweight and obese women with early education and support to achieve appropriate weight gain and good nutrition during pregnancy. (Source: Medical News Today)
I don't think anyone is suggesting that moms-to-be ignore every last ice cream or junk food craving, but at the same time, it's important to eat healthy enough to take in important vitamins and nutrients. Need some resources? Check out the following links: "Food" for thought:

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