3 Tips to Control Weight Gain That Pregnant Women Need to Know

March 13, 2019

One of the biggest concerns expectant mothers have is weight gain. Pregnant women can expect to gain some weight when pregnant; as a matter of fact it is completely healthy and natural to gain an appropriate amount of weight during pregnancy. However, excessive weight gain during pregnancy is dangerous to both mother and baby.
Some of the health risks that can be experienced because of excessive pregnancy weight gain include: gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, complications in labor and delivery, and a greater chance of needing a c-section. Not gaining enough weight during pregnancy can be just as dangerous so pregnancy is not the appropriate time to start the newest fad diet.
By following a few simple tips you can maintain a healthy weight gain during pregnancy, and even lose your baby weight more quickly after your baby is delivered
Do not Give in to Cravings: Ice cream, pickles, chicken wings, these are just a few of the things that women crave during pregnancy, some crave some more, let’s say, exotic foods. Studies show that 68% of expectant mothers experience food cravings so it is completely natural.
What is not natural is to sit down and eat a half gallon of butter pecan ice cream, yet some pregnant women give into their cravings to this extent. Cravings can be harmful if they alter your diet to a significant degree. You do not have to totally abstain from the foods you crave, but just like in any other area of your life moderation is important. You can indulge your cravings, just do not over-indulge.
Be Sure to Eat Right: Just like at any other time in your life it is important to eat a well balanced diet during pregnancy, but now it is even more important to eat a variety of foods to get the nutrients your baby needs. Recommended daily servings include 6-11 servings of breads and grains, two to four servings of fruit, four or more servings of vegetables, four servings of dairy products, and three servings of protein sources (such as meats, eggs, or nuts). This is a “rule of thumb” diet but will provide all the nutrients your baby needs (along with a good prenatal vitamin).
And just because you are eating for two, it doesn’t mean that you have to eat twice as much. Doctors recommend only adding an additional 100 calories per day to your diet during the first trimester and 200 to 300 calories in the last two trimesters to give the browing baby the proper nutrition yet avoid excessive weight gain. Pregnant women do not have to consume that much extra food for their baby.
Get Some Exercise: Not only is it safe to exercise during pregnancy, it is recommended. Studies have shown that women who exercise during pregnancy enjoy many benefits including: delivering a baby with a strong heart rate, shortened labor times, and the ability to shed baby weight quickly after the baby is born.
If you already are on an exercise routine you should be able to maintain it through at least the first trimester of pregnancy. If you are starting a routine pick exercises that are low impact. Always consult with your doctor before beginning an exercise routine during pregnancy.
Pregnancy is a time to pamper and indulge yourself a little bit but be sure to keep an eye on your weight gain. Pregnant women who follow good eating and exercising habits enjoy a healthier pregnancy, easier delivery, and get back into shape more quickly after delivery.

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