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Avoid dieting while pregnant

THE book Pregnancy Dos and Don’ts by Dr Elisabeth Aron defines ‘dieting’ as ‘the restriction of calories and food groups with the goal of losing weight’. The book strongly advises against dieting while you are expecting. Because a woman needs additional calories and nutrients while carrying, dieting is not really advisable.


The author feels that a mum requires an additional 300 calories per day while pregnant. It is hence recommended that 25 to 35 pounds is gained in the process. Poor weight gain has been linked with low birth weight of the infant and premature delivery. Aron cautions that if a mum diets, especially

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