Congratulations on your new blessing(s) who is on the way. I understand that pregnancy weight control is probably weighing heavily on your mind (no pun intended). Well, the good news is that you can influence how much weight you gain and also what nutritional foods you provide for your precious little one.
Obviously most women want to make sure that they eat well enough to ensure that their growing baby is well nourished but they also don’t want to gain too much weight and struggle to lose it after the baby is born. The good news is that you can strike a healthy balance.
The current recommendation, for healthy pregnancy weight gain, is between 25 to 30 pounds and this has remained constant over the years. If a woman is overweight the recommendation is to control weight gain and put on a few less pounds. It a woman was slightly under weight the recommendation would be to put on a few more pounds.
The keys to pregnancy weight control is following a healthy diet and incorporating some form of exercising. There is a myth out there believed by many women and incorrectly portrayed on TV that once you get pregnant you have the green light to eat as often as you like and whatever you are craving. Don’t believe it! Just check with your doctor but your baby will only require about 300 calories per day. To give you an idea you could eat an extra 1 cup oatmeal with raisins, 1 cup of fruit, 1 banana and 1 cup of tea above and beyond your regular meals and your baby would be well nourished.
Pregnancy Weight Control By Making Smart Choices
One of the first wise choices you can make is scheduling a visit with your primary care physician to see what dietary recommendations he or she makes. Needless to say it’s wise to make healthy food choices which, includes a mixture of fresh fruits and vegetables. This applies to all your meals and snacks you consume. When planning your meals it’s a good idea to incorporate whole grains, dairy products, milk, meat, poultry and vegetables to have a well balanced diet. If you have been provided with a prescription by your doctor for supplements, make sure you follow the doctor’s orders.
Make healthy food choices for both meals and snacks. Include a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, whole grains, dairy products and milk in your diet every day. When you are planning your menus, be sure to include foods from each of these food groups at every meal. Pay attention to calcium, protein and iron, which are very important for your baby. Take your prenatal vitamins as recommended by your health care provider and make sure you are conscientious of your calcium, Iron and protein consumption which is considered important for your baby’s development.
One of the challenges for concerned about pregnancy weight control is keeping junk food or unhealthy snacks away. Usually, the junk food is full of sugar, fat and empty calories and have no value to the mom to be or her baby. Those snack cravings can easily be fulfilled with some healthy yogurt, carrots, granola, cheese or fresh fruit. If you make sure you have on-hand healthy snacks you will be able to resist the cravings for junk food. Make eating healthy snacks easy and convenient.
Pregnancy weight control efforts can be easy derailed if you aren’t mindful of your drinks. The recommendation is that you consume 8 glasses of water each day. This will help you control not only your pregnancy weight by helping you stay full but also help you stay hydrated. You don’t need the soda, coffee, sugar and caffeine offered in all of the unhealthy drinks. You will be much better off sticking with juices, milk and water.
Pregnancy Weight Control and Exercise
Regular exercise can be beneficial for most folks (including pregnant women). However, before you start exercising please make sure your doctor is ok with it. Getting in around 30 minutes of exercise each day can help you control your weight as well get your body ready for labor. If you do choose to exercise, make sure you stay well hydrated before, during and after the workout.
Choose a low impact exercise that you are comfortable with and your doctor approves of. Pick something you like because you are more apt to stick with it if it’s fun. When you do start exercising start out slow and increase your efforts as your body permits. If you feel any discomfort or dizziness etc, stop immediately and contact your doctor.
The most important aspects of pregnancy weight control are making sure that you and your precious little one are being taken care of. Make sure you don’t limit your food intake to the point where you aren’t getting enough nutrients. Obviously, your baby needs his or her nutrition for proper development and you need to be healthy as well.
I have come across a resource that I have found useful and you might find it helpful in alleviating concerns about pregnancy weight control. It’s called “Pregnancy Without Pounds” and it’s a guide written by Michelle Moss who is a leading expert on online in pregnancy fitness. Dr. Moss has helped thousands of women around the world minimize their weight gain and make their pregnancy an enjoyable experience.
I would like to encourage you to take a peek at Pregnancy Without Pounds and see if you to can take advantage of her expertise regarding Pregnancy Weight Control.
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