5 Reasons You Must Lose Weight Before Getting Pregnant

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3. It’s Too Dangerous To Lose Weight During: If you think that you can always be careful and lose weight while pregnant, think again. At the end of the day, your baby needs calories in order to grow. Don’t put him or her (and yourself) at this risk because, although you might lose a few pounds during your morning sickness stages, you’ll actually still be needing to gain while carrying. 

4. Your Baby Will Be Healthier & Less At Risk: We all want a baby to be born healthy, right? Well, being obese has risks to your baby, such as a higher risk of stillbirths, a baby being born at a dangerously low birth weight since premature births are more common and the worst issue of all: the baby following in mommy’s footsteps and becoming an obese adult. 

5. It Makes Exercise (And Weight Loss Later) Easier: Keeping a relatively healthy weight is still important while you’re pregnant, and so is keeping up (or starting) with exercise! Exercising during pregnancy can help reverse some of those risks, like pregnancy-related high blood pressure, and doing it regularly will help you to keep doing it even after you have the baby. 

Are you trying to lose weight before getting pregnant?

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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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