Disclosure: I am not a doctor, and if you are pregnant you should follow the advice of your own physician. The tips below are what worked for me and what were supported by my own doctor.
One of the many things that pregnant women face during their pregnancy is the rising number that they see on the scale. Well before I became pregnant, I knew that I wanted to maintain my fitness levels while pregnant, not only for the health benefits during pregnancy for both myself and the baby, but also to make bouncing back after pregnancy easier. Just like with any healthy lifestyle, maintaining a fit lifestyle is not just about the exercise that you do, but also what you eat and put into your body.
Most doctors recommend gaining between 25 and 35 pounds during pregnancy, depending on your pre-pregnancy weight. Though I only gained 23 pounds, my OB was never concerned about me not eating enough or not gaining enough weight while pregnant. What tricks/tips did I focus on utilizing in order to limit my weight gain?
1. Focus on eating healthy, nutritious foods. Yes, there were times when I felt like I couldn’t eat enough to satisfy my hunger, but filling up on healthy foods and avoiding junk food helped to ensure that I fed both myself and the baby a nutritious diet.
2. You only need an additional 300-500 calories per day. The whole “eating for two” thing is a myth. Most doctors argue that you actually need more calories while breastfeeding than you actually do while pregnant.
3. Eat small snacks throughout the day instead of large portioned meals. I always found it difficult to stomach large plates of food, and instead found it much more appetizing to graze on smaller portions.
4. Stay as active as possible to support your own health and the health of a growing baby. Not only will staying active help you to promote healthy growth for the baby, but it’ll also likely help in easing some of the expected aches and pains of pregnancy, especially the further into your pregnancy that you get.
5. There’s no such thing as drinking too much water. Water will not only help you to feel full for longer, but its also necessary for maintaining any healthy and active lifestyle.
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QOTD: What tips do you have for maintaining a healthy weight gain while pregnant?