For women contemplating having a baby, new research adds to the evidence suggesting that starting a pregnancy at a normal weight is best.
The study found that too much or even too little weight increases an expectant mom’s risk for severe illnesses and death.
“Not only for baby’s sake, but also for your own sake, have a healthy diet and get regular exercise before pregnancy,” said study lead author Dr. Sarka Lisonkova. She’s an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of British Columbia and the Children’s and Women’s Health Centre in Vancouver.
“It’s never too late, even if you’re already pregnant,” Lisonkova said, adding that weight gain during pregnancy can also increase the risk for severe illnesses in expectant mothers.