Our expert says:
Congratulations on your pregnancy. When you commence a pregnancy being overweight, you should generally not gain more than 7 to 11,5 kg over the 9 month period. If you were obese when you commenced your pregnancy then you should only gain 6 kg over the 9 months. You will know which one of these scenarios is applicable to you. It is always better to consult a clinical dietitian to work out an individual diet for you when you are pregnant (check the List of Dietitians on this Website or phone 082-593-0276 or send an e-mail to email@example.com or look in your local telephone directory or Yellow Pages, to find a dietitian in your area), so that the dietitian can ensure weight loss or maintenance of your present weight while still providing all the nutrients you and baby require. You could also try using an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘The right approach' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet), but add another 2 cups of fat-free milk to this diet because you are pregnant. Ask the dr if you are allowed to do exercise and also what type of exercise he would recommend (e.g. going for walks of swimming) that will not harm the baby and start being more active.
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