New Delhi: The traditional advice that expectant mothers should `eat for two` is dangerous, says a report by a British government health watchdog. The watchdog, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), says it has been forced to speak out against the common advice to prevent an obesity crisis among mothers-to-be.
General practitioners should tell obese women to lose weight before they consider starting a family, it says, and girls should be taught at school the risks of being overweight and having children. Under the recommendations, women should not eat more food than normal until the last three months of pregnancy. Even then they should only have an extra 200 calories a day - the equivalent of two bananas. NICE fears that growing numbers of obese women are becoming even fatter during pregnancy because they assume that they can `eat for two`. Many never manage to lose this baby weight and will pile on even more when expecting their second or third child. IANS
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