If you are a woman expecting to become pregnant, you may want to pay attention to your weight. Being overweight is associated with unhealthy consequences, by being underweight may not be ideal for pregnant women.
Researchers at the University of Southampton in England women’s weight and having successive miscarriages. The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports.
Miscarriage is the most common complication of early pregnancy. It affects 15 to 20 percent of all pregnancies. Successive miscarriages is defined as having two or more consecutive early miscarriages.
Underweight or Overweight
This study found that mothers who are underweight (having a Body Mass Index score of less than 18.5), overweight (having BMI between 25 and 30) and obese (having BMI above 30) show higher incidences of having successive miscarriages.
The research team, however, has not been able to conclusively link these miscarriages to lifestyle factors such as smoking and consumption of alcohol and caffeine. More studies will need to be conducted with larger samples of pregnant women.
However, these conclusions should alert women who are pregnant or plan to get pregnant. There are early pregnancy risks if the women are underweight or overweight.
Pregnancy can be a stressful time for a woman. By watching your lifestyle factors that contribute to weight gain or weight loss, you can help ensure a successful, healthy birth. You can make obvious healthy choices such as eating healthy foods and keeping a balanced diet. Keeping a healthy weight for mom contributes to giving birth to a healthy baby.