How to Tackle Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Congratulations, there’s a baby on board! So you started reading books and getting advice from friends, your mom, your doctor and it sometimes get overwhelming doesn’t it?  Just take it one day at a time and enjoy it as the journey unfolds.

As your baby grows each trimester there is no doubt that your body will change and conform to the needs of your angel.  In addition to morning sickness and mood swings, weight gain is one of the ways your body changes on this journey.  Staying comfortable during pregnancy is a big question every women has. There are several contributing factors to consider when it comes to your body’s physical adjustment.  In this article we will look at two important ones, food cravings and lack of activity.  Remember though that not all women are the same, everyone responds differently to changes during this time.

1. Food Cravings

Food Craving Pregnancy

You know those cravings you get during pregnancy? Yes, cravings for some strange foods like ice cream and pickles. Many women also use the term “eating for two” to get a double serving of certain foods.  But let’s be honest, sometimes a lot of what is eaten during pregnancy the baby doesn’t really need and neither do you.  So here’s what we can do.

No, I’m not going to say eat less food, but I will say eat smart.

Sure we’ve had those days when we crave unhealthy foods, but you can control yourself and choose to eat a healthier alternative. Take in more fruits and vegetables and nutrient packed foods that will help you and your baby. Remember your baby needs the necessary nutrients that fosters his/her growth and development.  Also, your body will thank you for making a smart choice.

2. Lack of Activity

Being pregnant doesn’t mean that you can’t move around and do exercises.  In fact, there are many exercise routines out there that are geared towards pregnant moms that will help you in the long run. While there are many who are not pumped for exercises, simply walking and dancing can help a great deal.  Doing the right physical activities are beneficial to you as it improves circulation, releases toxins through sweat, strengthens your muscles, prepares you for child birth and makes it less likely for you to add on much weight.

Here are some actionable tips to help you manage weight gain during pregnancy:

There are recent studies which show that when mom exercises, it lowers baby’s heart rate which indicates a healthy heart. Also mom’s activities can reduce the body mass of baby which in the long run removes the risk of obesity, which is a main problem in today’s children.  And I’m sure your baby will enjoy this bonding time as you get fit from inside out.

As with anything you do that affects your health, it’s best to talk to your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine. Be sure to tell your doctor the exercises that you are interested in and he/she will advise you on how to proceed. All the best to you for your beautiful 9 month journey.

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