I am not one to promote weight loss during pregnancy, but I do promote appropriate weight gain with the right foods. Numerous times I have seen pregnant women receive conflicting and often wrong information regarding their weight during pregnancy. Some women are encouraged to even go on a “diet” sometimes gaining minimal weight, eager to get back in their normal clothes right after the baby. My mother recalls in the 70’s her obstetrician even giving her a prescription for an appetite suppressant during her pregnancy (and she was not overweight). Others gain too much, and still others believe that it is their chance to eat junk food. Research has shown time and time again that too little weight gain as well as too much weight gain can affect the baby, but research has also shown that the quality of the diet also affects the child.
But how about a diet that tastes good, is good for you and can protect you from gaining more weight then normal during pregnancy? Yes, I am talking about the Mediterranean diet.
In this new study, Spanish researchers found an association between compliance to the Mediterranean diet and weight gain during pregnancy. Their results showed that pregnant women who were already a following a Mediterranean diet before they got pregnant, maintained a normal weight gain during pregnancy, but they also found that women who followed a Mediterranean diet during pregnancy also had reduced weight gain and protection from obesity during pregnancy.
So the message here is: Start following Mediterranean diet even if you are not pregnant, but if you are already pregnant, starting to follow a Mediterranean diet will help you maintain a normal weight gain during your pregnancy.
The study was published in the journal Nutricion Hospitalaria, you can read it here.