5 Reasons You Must Lose Weight Before Getting Pregnant

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The obesity epidemic is no joke. Although it’s affecting our community in various ways, including Latino kids being more likely to be overweight than others, one of the worst results is that overweight and obese women are getting pregnant--and risking their lives and those of their babies. We don’t want to scare you but we do want to make you aware of the risks and how to avoid them. We know you just want to have a healthy, happy baby. Here’s why that means dropping some pounds before getting pregnant. 

1. Losing Weight Can Change Your Baby’s Genes: A surprising new study recently found that women who have weight loss surgery before getting pregnant with their second child actually had healthier babies afterward. The post-weight loss babies actually had genes that made them less likely to become obese or have diabetes later on in life, unlike their pre-weight loss siblings. 

2. You’ll Be Saving Yourself From Life-Threatening Complications: A lot of complications can happen if you are pregnant or having a baby while overweight or obese. These include life-threatening issues like having a higher risk of blood clots, riskier C-sections and even gestational diabetes or glucose intolerance. 

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Irina Gonzalez, Director of Audience Development

Irina Gonzalez is the Digital Audience Development Manager for Latina.com and The Latin Kitchen, where she oversees social media, content partnerships, writes and edits, and more. An NYC-based journalist, web editor, and food writer, she started her career with an internship at Latina magazine while receiving her bachelor’s at New York University. Her work has appeared in Time Out New York, MamasLatinas.com, FamilyCircle.com, TheFrisky.com, GoodHousekeeping.com, and more. When she’s not checking out the latest taco restaurant in New York City, scouring for the best tapas in Barcelona, or dreaming of visiting Alex Atala’s restaurant in Brazil, she’s blogging about her favorite recipes, healthy eating tips and maintaining her 100 pound weight loss on HealthyLatinFood.com. You can always find her on Twitter (@msirinagonzalez) & Instagram (@msirinagonzalez) talking about her latest delicious meal.

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