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Healthy, balanced diet sufficient to control weight gain in pregnancy

Posted:  Monday, July 13, 2015

Good news pregnant ladies, no need to lug around that extra weight! A new study shows that consuming a healthy and balanced diet alone aids in limiting excess weight gain during pregnancy in overweight women.

A pilot study published in Diabetes Care tracked 150 pregnant women from nine European countries. Women who had a body mass index (BMI) of 29 kg/m2 or higher and did not test positive for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) were enrolled for the study.

The participants were randomly assigned to one of three groups: healthy and balanced diet alone, exercise alone or healthy and balanced diet with exercise. Maternal weight gain, fasting glucose and insulin sensitivity were monitored. The women were counseled face to face and over the phone.

Surprisingly, women consuming healthy and balanced diet alone gained significantly less weight at 35 – 37 weeks compared with the other two groups. The researchers also identified that healthy and balanced eating alone brought about lower fasting glucose and 2-hour insulin levels.

Talking more about the findings, Dr van Poppel, senior author, said “A lot more is not constantly better Combining counseling on healthy and balanced consuming and bodily activity appears much less or just as efficient compared along with healthy and balanced consuming alone."

It has long been known that obesity and excess weight gain during pregnancy are associated with pregnancy complications and poor obstetric outcomes. This pilot study provides the basis for early healthy diet intervention in overweight pregnant women.

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