Women who are overweight or obese when they get pregnant may be at increased risk for miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. Even modest increases in the mother’s weight was linked to an increased risk of infant death. The danger is greatest for severely obese women, who appear to have about double or triple the risk of losing their baby. Overwhelming data also shows that being overweight or obese increases the risk for type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, high blood pressure and birth defects.
(Journal of the American Medical Association, Apr 2014)
overweight women need to get their weight down before conceiving.
By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives.
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