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I am overweight with a BMI of 32 I have also just found out I am pregnant is it okay to diet and restrict calories slightly whilst pregnant?

I am overweight with a BMI of 32 I have also just found out I am pregnant is it okay to diet and restrict calories slightly whilst pregnant?

Limit weight gain: When women enter pregnancy overweight or obese, the goal is typically not weight loss but to limit weight gain. You should make sure that you eat a well balanced diet with plenty of calcium, vitamins, and protein, with less in the way of simple carbs. A visit with a dietician may help you plan healthy meals and snacks. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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Is it safe to eat 1500 calories during pregnancy since I'm overweight and my new diet is healthy (lean meats, veggies, fruits, whole-grains)?

Is it safe to eat 1500 calories during pregnancy since I'm overweight and my new diet is healthy (lean meats, veggies, fruits, whole-grains)?

Depends: It depends on your current weight and the level of obesity. You should talk to your Ob about it. As long as you take in the essential vitamins and have a good mix of diet choices, you should be fine. I applaud you in taking the initiative to maintain your weight during this critical time of your life. Best Wishes Dr M ...Read more

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I'm overweight, borderline obese. If I get pregnant, is it ok to cut down calories while meeting my other nutritional needs? Is it ok to lose weight?

I'm overweight, borderline obese. If I get pregnant, is it ok to cut down calories while meeting my other nutritional needs? Is it ok to lose weight?

Pregnancy: is not a good time to try to lose weight. It is important to watch calories and to eat healthfully while pregnant to work toward a healthy weight gain. Women who are obese aren't expected to have the same amt of weight gain as someone who is underweight or normal weight. ...Read more

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I'm overweight/almost obese and 4 weeks pregnant. Can I restrict to a 1200 calorie HEALTHY diet and workout (hiking, walking)?

I'm overweight/almost obese and 4 weeks pregnant. Can I restrict to a 1200 calorie HEALTHY diet and workout (hiking, walking)?

Depression, Anxiety: I commend you for your desire to lose weight, walking and hiking. IT is NOT WHAT you eat It is What is Eating You! Let the wise woman within you understand what made you overweight- feelings of sadness hurt, guilt, resentment, frustration, boredom, or loneliness. Desperation to Diet of 1200 Cal/day in perspective of being pregnant. See Psychiatrist for Therapy for self-esteem, coping with weight ...Read more

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IM overwight and mo pregnant. How many calories do i stay under to not gain alot more weight? i gained 17 so far and dont wanna gain much more

IM overwight and mo pregnant. How many calories do i stay under to not gain alot more weight? i gained 17 so far and dont wanna gain much more

You haven't: provided enough information and this is too specific and important to be handled over the internet. Talk in detail w/your OB and see a good dietitian. ...Read more

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How does being overweight affect pregnancy?

How does being overweight affect pregnancy?

Weight and pregnanct: May contirbute to increase birth weight of the baby, gestational diabetes and hypertension. ...Read more

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How much calories should I have a day in pregnancy?

How much calories should I have a day in pregnancy?

2500: 2500. You only need 500 more calories a day when you are pregnant than what you need when you are not pregnant. Remember, it is important to continue to "keep it moving" while you are pregnant. You are not eating for two, you are eating for one, so you need to remember to be healthy. ...Read more

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What if I only eat 1400 calories throughout pregnancy?

What if I  only eat 1400 calories throughout pregnancy?

Not a good idea: Your calorie needs will change throughout pregnancy. In the first trimester, most people don't need extra calories. Later however, you will need extra calories. When you see your OB/Gyn for your regular checkups, you will be weighed and your Ob/Gyn can advise you on appropriate nutrition. ...Read more

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What would the lowest calories a pregnant woman can eat be?

What would the lowest calories a pregnant woman can eat be?

Ummmm..: Uh, oh, this question sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. Whenever, one asks a question in this manner, it brings up concerns about the possibility of an eating disorder. If you do have an eating disorder please be candid with your obstetrician & your nutritionist (should be work with one). ...Read more

Calorie (Definition)

A calorie is the amount of heat energy needed to increase a mililiter of water 1 degree centigrade, the calorie we talk about in foods is really a kilocalorie, that is the amount of energy needed to increase a liter of water 1 degree centigrade... So if you eat a food that is 500 calories that food if burned completely has enough energy to heat a liter of ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more