Gaining too much weight during pregnancy increases your risk of developing gestational diabetes and in turn the risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Moreover, excessive weight gain increases your chances of having a large baby, which makes labor and delivery more difficult (yes, more difficult than it already is!). Women who gain too much weight during pregnancy have a higher chance of needing a cesarean because of the large baby size. Lastly women who gain too much weight during pregnancy tend to have postpartum weight retention, which leads to obesity.

As a personal trainer and registered dietitian, my job is to work with you to keep you in your optimum weight category while relieving some of the most difficult symptoms of pregnancy. With a little guidance and an individualized nutrition and fitness plan, pregnancy really can be the most wonderful time in any woman’s life.