The Pregnancy Weight Plan
The author is excited to tell you about her first book – The Pregnancy Weight Plan.
The concept for writing this book came about as Melanie repeatedly heard her clients say that they regret not maintaining more control over their weight during their pregnancies.
Gaining too much weight during pregnancy increases your risk of gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, having an emergency caesarean, developing a thromboembolism (DVT), miscarriage, birth defects and long term weight gain to name just a few of the side effects.
With 74% of Australian women gaining too much weight during pregnancy, this book is a ‘must read’ for any woman wanting to have a baby.
4 things you should know about pregnancy after weight loss surgery
Leading women’s health dietitian, Melanie McGrice explains…
If you’re reading this article then it probably means that you’re either pregnant, or thinking about getting pregnant. Either way, CONGRATULATIONS! It’s a huge step! However, after decades of seeing clients who are pregnant after weight loss surgery, I know that it means that you probably have a few more questions that the average mum-to- be. Let me help you out with answers to a few of the most common….
1. Can I follow normal pregnancy diet recommendations? Generally yes. If you have dietary
intolerances such as difficulty consuming meat or grains since your surgery, you may need to meet those dietary requirements by utilising other foods. You’ll also have increased nutrient needs as a result of your surgery, but they can usually be met using nutritional supplements.
2. Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy? You can exercise during pregnancy, however you’ll need to be more careful than usual as pregnancy hormones that relax your ligaments can mean that you are more prone to developing an injury. Swimming and walking are excellent choices. If you have additional questions, see an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.
3. Do I need to gain weight during my pregnancy? You may not HAVE to gain weight as long
as you’re meeting all of your nutritional requirements and your baby is growing well, as
much of the weight gained during pregnancy is body fat. By the end of your first trimester,
your baby is only the size of an avocado. Guidelines recommend that unless you’re
underweight at conception, that most women should aim to maintain their current weight
throughout the first trimester. Obviously it’s essential that your growing baby gets plenty of
nutrition, so now is not the time to be starving yourself, but if you’re eating a nutritious diet
and your blood tests are normal, then it won’t hurt for you to continue slowly losing weight.
4. Are there any other special requirements for being pregnant after weight loss surgery?
Now is the time to book in for a review consultation with your dietitian and bariatric
surgeon, especially if you haven’t seen them in a while. If you have a gastric band, you may
need to get the fluid removed during pregnancy. You’ll need to get a blood test for key
nutrients every trimester as your nutrient levels can drop quickly during pregnancy and it’s
essential to ensure that you’re meeting your requirements.
Constipation, back pain, nausea and heartburn are all common symptoms of pregnancy.
Unfortunately, women who have had weight loss surgery can have higher rates of these side
effects than other mums-to- be. However, many of these side effects can be prevented
naturally with the right diet and exercise. For example, minimise your risk of constipation by
ensuring that you consume a fibre-rich diet, and plenty of fluids. If you struggle to eat
fibrous foods since your surgery, try adding psyllium to a smoothie.
For more details about what to eat during pregnancy, purchase a copy of ‘The Pregnancy Weight Plan’.