Common sense dictates that losing weight while pregnant, even dropping a few pounds, is not a good idea. Keep in mind that this may cause issues if it is intentional. Meaning you are going against your natural body rhythm in losing weight while pregnant.
If you aren’t ingesting enough vitamins and minerals to meet the extra demands of your body, how can you possibly give your baby the best start possible in life?
Now if you are carrying a little one and are losing weight while pregnant and not intentionally, don’t panic as there are some valid reasons.
Here are a few of them:
Pregnancy is definitely about change – changes in your body composition, your tolerances, cravings, physical abilities and your hormones. The hormone flip flops seem to affect more than others.
With that said, it’s understandable that you may not be up to eating as much as normal. Nausea is one of the hit and miss things that come with being pregnant. Some women feel completely awful from start to finish and others aren’t affected at all. Most women fall somewhere in-between, where they may feel sick to their stomach for the first three months or so and then the feeling just disappears.
Needless to say, some women end up losing weight while pregnant, during the first few months of pregnancy, because of the increased caloric demands on their body and their inability to consume their normal amount of food.
For a lot of women becoming pregnant is a life-changing event, for the better. From the moment they see that little pink line of their pee-stick, they start eating better. Ditching most of the high fat foods and replacing them with lots of healthy whole grains, lean meats, fruits and vegetables and low-fat milk products. In doing this even when they increase their intake a little, the total amount is a lot less than what their body is used to. Hence they may lose some weight for the right reasons.
Another reason may be stress. Stress affects women differently and some will lose weight while pregnant as a result. If they are having a difficult and stressful pregnancy they may not be taking care of themselves. They may not be eating healthy, not able to eat very much or they may be burning extra energy because they are so stressed. This one is tough to control, but it is very important to get your stress under control when you are expecting. The health and well-being of both you and your baby could be in jeopardy if you don’t.
So you can understand why losing weight while pregnant is not advisable. There are however legit reasons as to why it may happen and so long as you are seeking professional guidance from your doctor, you will be sure to deliver a happy healthy little baby.