Monday 24 July 2017

Baby steps to the battle of the pregnancy bulge

We'd rather take umbrage at Dr Eva's advice that we eat less in pregnancy, says Sarah Caden, than do anything about it

‘It’s not some sort of feminist stance to put your health, and that of your baby, at risk’
‘It’s not some sort of feminist stance to put your health, and that of your baby, at risk’

Sarah Caden

For once, Dr Eva Orsmond chose her words carefully. Famous for her Finnish bluntness, when the medical doctor and weight-loss consultant spoke last week about weight gain in pregnancy, it seemed like she was being careful not to offend. Not that any amount of care could help her to avoid that. Not when it comes to weight and women.

Dr Eva's idea of being careful was relative. Which is to say that she didn't repeat earlier suggestions that women are "selfish" for carrying or gaining weight while pregnant. Instead, she trod relatively carefully, and suggested that 200-300 extra calories per day is all any pregnant woman should consume.

"And that is less than a chocolate bar," said Dr Eva, in another careful, but subtly powerful use of words. Because chocolate and its ilk is a lot of where it's at when discussing the whole notion of excess weight and excessive weight gain in pregnant women. It's the treats, the 'I deserve it' indulgences, the notion that to ratchet up your food consumption while carrying a child is in some way being good to yourself. When, in fact, it's quite the opposite.

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