Being pregnant is stressful enough on your body; the last thing you need to worry about is the amount of weight you are able to gain. There are a number of women that are lucky enough to gain “baby weight” and not much more. However, the rest of us naturally gain more weight than expected and it doesn’t help when we are constantly reading that you should only gain 25-35 pounds. With the pains of stretching, worries of the new baby, lack of sleep from being uncomfortable, and other concerns, there is no longer a need to worry about your weight.
Watching your weight, while you’re pregnant, is actually quite easy. The basics of healthy weight maintenance still play a role; if you stick with a clean diet you should have nothing to worry about. Foods like fruits and vegetables, nuts and grains, and meats and dairy have the fats, proteins, and carbohydrates that both you and your baby need to thrive.
What many people do not know is whether you’re pregnant or not, your body needs nutrients every 2-3 hours. Eating this frequently keeps your body from thinking it is starving and hoarding the calories you do consume. Additionally, eating in this manner helps to balance your blood sugar levels which will keep you from getting weak. When you are pregnant these things are crucial. So, even if you had poor eating habits prior to this drastic life change, now is a good time to make some lifestyle changes.
Sometimes it is easier to make changes when it is for someone else. Here’s the advantage; over the next 9 months these lifestyle changes will become habit, making it easier to stick with these eating habits even after you have the baby. Now, when it comes to calories, the last thing you want to do is cut down on calories when you are pregnant. Make sure you are eating a few hundred more calories than you normally do when you are not pregnant. Most women should consume a diet of about 1700 calories in order to maintain their weight not pregnant.
What this means is that you should be consuming about 2000 calories, every day, when you are pregnant. You are, naturally, going to gain weight. But, by eating in this manner, your body will only gain the weight it needs. See, eating like this helps you to burn fat and keeps your metabolism function at a pre-pregnancy rate, and possibly even better than your normal metabolism (depending on your previous lifestyle choices). This is the only way to keep you weight gain to a minimum and keep your baby as healthy as possible. These types of foods along with eating frequently will give your baby and your body optimal health benefits.