If you’ve been pregnant you understand just how hungry you can get. Sometimes you feel simply ravished and have to eat right now. That’s because your body wants to provide and store food for your growing baby. Finding the balance between eating enough of the right foods to feed your baby but not too much to add on unneeded pounds can be a challenge during pregnancy.
“The body is programmed to store fat for the baby to ensure its survival during a famine. Since we don’t have famines today extreme weigh gain is not necessary,” says Dr. Steve Foley, Prowers Medical Center’s new full time OBGYN physician.
He is an expert in nutrition during pregnancy and has a passion for helping women overcome polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition of insulin resistance that causes women, pregnant or not, to feel overly hungry and gain weight.
“Everyone who is pregnant is more insulin resistant than usual, so the body gets a similar message to store extra weight in the belly,” Foley says.
How much weight a woman needs to gain during pregnancy depends on where she started—whether she is underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese. According to The Institute of Medicine, women who have a BMI (body mass index)…