According to a recent article published in the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/06/health/06obese.html?ref=health) the rise in the number of Caesarian Sections, untimely deaths and birth defects in newborns might be attributed to the fact that one in five American women are obese when they get pregnant. According to that article babies that are born to obese women are three times as likely to die in the first month and the problems are not only with the babies.
The problems are also with the mothers. Obese women have higher blood pressure, diabetes, and a host of other illnesses that come with being overweight that they are dying, too! Hospitals are trying to cope by buying larger cots, longer tools, and offering counseling on weight loss, but what does this trend show?
At this rate, humans could eat themselves extinct. National data shows that half of the pregnancies in the United States every year are unplanned, about 3 million every year. (http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/national-data/default.aspx) What does that mean for you? It means that you can get pregnant at any time. You must be healthy in order to be ready for it.
You can get yourself healthy now with some practical tips:
- Eat little or no carbs, dairy or wheat
- balance your neurotransmitters: it may be a lack of dopamine that is causing you to not be motivated enough to lose or keep your weight down
- Do not drink any soft drinks.
- No processed foods
- eat organic if possible.
We need to, as a country, get healthy for us and our future generations. Our overeating has shown that it doesn’t only affect us and the people in our lives now. Are you looking to get pregnant and worried about your eating habits? Have you been trying to lose weight unsuccessfully?