Too much weight gain during pregnancy: side effects & tips for avoiding | Nourish with Melanie #68

Too much weight gain during pregnancy: side effects & tips for avoiding | Nourish with Melanie #68


How much is too much weight gain during pregnancy? And, does it matter? In this episode of Nourish we’re going to
answer these questions and more. This episode is not to be missed! Stay tuned! Your ideal pregnancy weight goals depend upon
your pre-conception weight. If you were overweight when you conceived,
you actually need to gain less weight during your pregnancy. Gaining the right amount of weight during
pregnancy is super important, because, did you know that the amount of weight you gain
during pregnancy can impact whether or not your baby struggles with his or her weight?! Even if you’ve struggled with weight all your
life, eating well and avoiding too much weight gain during pregnancy can reduce your little
one’s risks of going through the same struggles? And vice versa, if you’ve never struggled
with your weight, but gain too much during pregnancy, you could be programming your baby’s
genes to gain weight more easily…. Many of you may not know that I worked in
a weight management clinic, one day per week, for over a decade. My average client in the clinic weighed 200kg
(440 pounds). Working in this clinic was actually one of
the reasons that I started specialising in fertility and pregnancy. You see, although I had plenty of clients
who were overweight because they ate an unhealthy diet, I also had many clients who ate generally
healthy diets, but still struggled with their weight. I’m sure you know someone who gains weight
as soon as they look at a slice of chocolate cake….and someone else who eats rubbish
all the time, but never gains any weight. Research shows that people who struggle with
their weight have different levels of appetite hormones than people who don’t…. which is
why, once you’ve gained it, it’s SO hard to lose it and keep it off. There’s a famous Dr Oz quote that states “Our
genes load the gun, and our environment pulls the trigger”. What this means is that people who are most
likely to be overweight are those who have the genetic pre-disposition for weight gain,
and who live in an environment where there’s plenty of food. I’m sure you’ve heard people say something
like “If weight gain is genetic, why was there no overweight people in POW camps?”. Well, the answer is that you need a combination
of both genetics and environment. So, which gene causes weight gain?? Once scientists realised that weight gain
had a genetic component they looked to see which gene caused the problem. They thought if they could just fix this gene,
it would solve the problem of obesity! Unfortunately, what they discovered was that
there wasn’t just one gene involved in weight gain, but lots of them all doing different
jobs. For example, some cause increased hunger levels,
others cause more fat storage and still others impact how quickly you feel full. And, these genes are programmed as to how
they’re going to behave early on in life. It’s kind of like an alarm on your phone…. You may have it set for 6am, but unless you
flick the ‘on’ button, it’s not going to wake you up at 6. Sorry to get so deep into the science, but
I think you’ll find it helpful….then I promise I’ll tell you exactly what you need to do
to help your baby avoid being programmed for obesity in a minute. There’s a famous study called the Agouti Mouse
study. Now it’s very complex research, but I’m going
to simplify it to get my point across. Essentially the researchers, Dr Waterland
and Dr Jirtle, took overweight micee and got them pregnant with overweight male mice. As you’d expect, most of the baby mice were
also overweight. In the second part of the study, they repeated
the experiment but with one key difference. They fed the pregnant mice a diet really rich
in nutrition and low in calories. What they found, was that even though both
parent mice were obese, this time, their baby mice were not. Research has gone on to discover that this
is true in humans too. A nutritious diet, and healthy weight gain
during pregnancy, impacts your baby’s genetic programming so that he or she is less likely
to struggle with weight gain. Fascinating, isn’t it?! And, this is just one example of how what
you eat during pregnancy, helps to program your baby’s genes to influence his future. The problem is that current stats show that
one in every two women are overweight or obese before they even become pregnant, and over
50% of women gain too much weight during pregnancy…..therefore increasing the risk of our children spending
a lifetime battling with their weight. Some people have gone so far as to say that
they believe that the next generation will have a shorter lifespan than ours because
of the amount of weight women are gaining during pregnancy at the moment. Unfortunately, to make things even MORE complicated,
gaining too little weight during pregnancy can be a problem too. So, just like baby bear in the Goldilocks
story, we need you to gain just enough. Now, having worked with thousands of women
during pregnancy, I know how hard it is to eat well and achieve healthy weight gain during
pregnancy. Between craving nothing but hot chips due
to morning sickness and overwhelming exhaustion, it’s not easy….but it’s not impossible either…. And, I know that with the right guidance and
support, you can do this! I know that this is a sensitive topic, and
I’m not here to blame or point fingers, only to help and encourage…. So please, don’t worry if you’ve gained too
much weight during pregnancy. We can’t change the past. So, let’s just focus on the future. So, what can you do to make sure you’re gaining
the right amount of weight during pregnancy? I have three steps for you to take…. Step 1 – I want you to click the ‘subscribe’
button so that you receive my weekly videos to help keep you motivated,
Step 2 – I want you to type “I’m in” in the chat box below. Putting your commitment in writing helps you
to commit to change, then, finally, Step 3 – I want you to rate yourself from
one to ten, on how well you ate last week. Be honest! So, now you’re all set to help your little
one avoid a lifetime of struggling with his or her weight. Have a great week, and I look forward to seeing
you next week, on Nourish.