Pregnant women 'should take care to eat well'

4 October 2011

Women benefitting from fertility IVF treatment should maintain a healthy diet whilst pregnant, according to one fitness trainer specialising in pre and post-natal healthcare.

Louise Whyte, founder of Penelope Fitstar, advised that expectant mums should follow some key rules to ensure a good diet during pregnancy, such as complex carbohydrates like wholemeal rice, pasta, bread and also lean protein.

These recommendations come as a study of babies at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital found that overweight mothers-to-be could cause harmful changes to a baby's fat levels while still in the womb, the Daily Mail reports.

Ms Whyte said: "The main rules for nutrition during pregnancy are to eat frequently to prevent dips in blood sugar levels, this can help to keep nausea under control," Ms Whyte said.

She added that expectant women should try to avoid processed foods and those loaded with sugar.

According to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital research, childhood obesity starts in the womb and a build-up of fat can often be found around babies' abdomens.

The study, led by Professor Neena Modi, found that resonance imaging (MRI) scans had provided evidence that being overweight during pregnancy could harm the unborn baby.

Posted by Edward Bartel

Modi, N, et al., "The influence of maternal body mass index on infant adiposity and hepatic lipid content", Pediatric Research, September 2011.

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