The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is claiming that women ought not to diet when pregnant, however, they should try to attain a healthy weight pre and post pregnancy.
Several celebrities’ having undergone quick weight loss after pregnancy can create additional pressure on women to lose weight by inappropriate means.
Women ought to try to attain a healthy weight after birth and it is not necessary to ‘eat for two’ when pregnant.
Women should not diet while pregnant, but should aim for a healthy weight before and after pregnancy, NICE has said.
Obese women who become pregnant are more likely to develop complications during pregnancy and childbirth, according to NICE. These complications include gestational diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, pre-eclampsia and thromboembolism.
NICE specifically decided not to make recommendations about the amount of weight women ought to gain during pregnancy as there was apparently not enough evidence upon which to base any recommendations.