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Weight Management During Pregnancy And Pregnancy Health

If you are thinking of losing weight during your pregnancy, then just drive that thought out as this is not a time to be on a weight-loss diet. But weight gain and weight loss fluctuate during the three trimesters of pregnancy. During the first trimester, morning sickness and nausea can cause women to lose weight as they do not feel like eating much and retching can cause one to lose the calories. But as the pregnancy progresses, and morning sickness disappears, women feel like eating more. While you do not have to eat for two, you should eat when you are hungry and incorporate exercise into your routine to keep yourself healthy.

Weight Management With Effective Exercises

  • You might like to keep a pregnancy food diary to jot down what you are eating throughout the day. This way you can track down if you are getting enough nutrients, your hunger levels, and your mood.
  • If you haven’t exercised much, you can begin with low-impact exercises such as walking, low-impact aerobics and pre-natal yoga.
  • A balanced diet is very important during pregnancy, so that your baby and you get all the nutrients to stay healthy. People around you might advise you to eat for two, but actually all you need is 100 to 300 calories more to meet the needs of the growing baby.
  • You must also speak to your doctor and find out how much weight gain is permissible during the pregnancy.
  • You might want to eat five to six meals through the day, instead of eating three large meals. Also, keep some healthy snack handy – crackers, low-fat cheese, raisins, nuts, salad sticks and fruits as well as yoghurt make for interesting snacks. These are healthy but not fattening.
  • It might be healthier to eat home-cooked food on a regular basis, instead of binging on take-away meals. When you visit restaurants occasionally, choose low-fat, clean, freshly-prepared food. Avoid fattening, fried foods.
  • To control your weight, consume less of whole milk products. Use skimmed milk and low-fat yoghurt and cheeses instead.
  • Avoid carbonated, sugary drinks as these are loaded with unhealthy calories.
  • Use less salt while cooking at home as too much of salt will result in water retention.
  • Limit high calorie snacks and sweets like cakes, pastries, candies and potato chips as these do not provide any nutrition and are loaded with calories. Strawberries with yoghurt dressing, fresh fruits mixed with a dressing made with yoghurt, angel food cake make for interesting desserts.


Submitted on March 31, 2010