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Get on the scale, what's the point?

Get on the scale, what's the point?


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With measurement of uterine height and blood pressure, the test of balance is one of the obligatory passages of your antenatal visits. This serves to check the absence of diabetes ... a weighty argument!

Do you dread every month to get on the scales? However, the monthly weight gain has no other purpose than to check that you regularly gain weight ... but neither too much nor too little!

If the scale shows too little weight gain

  • If you have nausea and vomiting, which are common in the first trimester, you may lose a few pounds compared to your initial weight. Generally, your future baby does not suffer, since he draws everything he needs from your reserves!
  • On the other hand, if you suffer from deficiencies, these will have to be compensated by a suitable diet supplemented sometimes by vitamins and minerals.

Be careful if the scale oscillates too far right

  • Conversely, too much weight gain can be a warning signal. "We advise future mothers not to exceed a certain weight, depending on their starting corpulence," says Myriam Carette, midwife.
  • The reason is simple: these kilos must first be worn during pregnancy, but also lose them after.
  • They can also cause problems during childbirth, the infiltration of the tissues by the fat sometimes making the work longer and difficult.
  • When weight gain is too high, gestational diabetes is suspected during pregnancy and usually decreases with the birth of the baby.

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