Weight and Diet Change, Not Really Helping in Preventing Early Delivery and Labor

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The major risk factor during pregnancy of the women is spontaneous and unexpected preterm birth which means that the delivery of the child is before the 37th week of her pregnancy. If the woman has gone through this during her first child, she should avoid this during her second pregnancy and take necessary precautions. Just focusing on diet and weight gain may not be the ideal strategy. A new study was reported at the yearly meeting of society for Maternal-fetal Medicine. They found no association amongst the risk of preterm birth and weight gain.

David Hackney, expert in high risk pregnancy, gynecologist and obstetrics says that women who have suffered from pre-term birth must discuss with their doctors regarding the level of weight gain which is appropriate for them. But normally they should keep track of the standard weight gain guidelines when they are pregnant for second time. Hackney has treated many women who have gone through preterm labor and delivery. He wanted to zero in on weight increase since women have particular degree of control over it. He considers that there are many other risk factors which contribute to the preterm birth. These factors are drinking, smoking etc which should be eliminated to reduce the early labor and delivery. Preterm babies are always in danger of prominent health issues at birth and beyond.

Hackney says that women were at an elevated risk of second preterm birth in case they had minor weight gain during their second pregnancy. The patients can probably diminish the risk by making sure that they put-on an appropriate amount of weight. But the research also suggests that just gaining weight and making changes in the diet will not be helpful. Hackney puts forward that this study is very unique as the researchers make use of wide breadth of information.

In an article mentioned in babycenter.co.uk, it was said that “Your body becomes more efficient when you’re pregnant, and makes even better use of the energy you get from your food. This means you don’t actually need any extra calories for the first six months of pregnancy. Then you only need about 200 extra calories per day for the last three months. Two hundred calories is equivalent to:

  • a slice of wholemeal toast with a small can of baked beans
  • a toasted pitta bread with two tablespoons of reduced-fat hummus
  • a slice of malt loaf or fruit scone with butter or spread
  • one slice of cheese on toast”




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