How to avoid Picking up to Much Weight during Pregnancy
Here are some tips that you can use to prevent excessive weight gain during your pregnancy.
The fact is that every pregnant woman will gain weight. If you have a pre-pregnancy body weight that is healthy that you can expect to gain about 25 to 35 pounds. If you are underweight then you will gain about 40 pounds and if you are overweight then you will gain an extra 20 pounds. However, there will be deviations from this and if you do gain more you will be able to burn this excessive off after you have given birth.
Eating for Two
Whilst your baby is growing it is a fraction of the size of an adult, so you do not need to feed the baby like it is one. When you are pregnant you will need to consume an extra 150 calories a day during the first few months and an extra 300 calories a day for the rest of the pregnancy.
Foods that contain lots of fiber like fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains will be able to fill you up and you will feel fuller for longer. You should eat these types of foods every few hours to avoid hunger pangs that will drive you to high calorie snacks.
Whenever you eat you will be nourishing your body and helping your little baby to grow. If you always turn to foods that are high in sugar and fat then have a think of how these will affect your baby. You will need to find nutritious alternatives to the foods that you want.
Don’t Stop Moving
If you exercised before your pregnancy then you can continue during your pregnancy, but you should check with your doctor. You should though listen to your body and only do exercises that you can. You should also include strength training exercises as muscle mass burns calories.
If you didn’t exercise before but want to start then you should speak to your doctor. You will probably start with gentle exercises at first.
It can be hard to get the rest you need as a new mum to be, but by not getting enough sleep you could be adding on weight as your metabolism slows down. You will then eat more and you will be too tired to exercise.
You should try and keep track of your calorie intake by writing everything down and be honest about it.
You know what the right food choices are but you should allow yourself to give into those insatiable cravings. If you don’t satisfy it now you will only crave it more and end up binging. You should allow yourself small indulgences a few times a week.