Staying Fit During Pregnancy
One of the most important, and sometimes, most often overlooked part of pregnancy is staying fit and healthy during pregnancy. It’s common knowledge that weight gain comes along with pregnancy, but it doesn’t mean that we have to be unhealthy with our weight gain. It is still important to try to be as healthy as possible during pregnancy, and it’s not a free for all excuse to binge eat on all of our favorite foods. In fact, doctors suggest that women gain only between 20 and 30 pounds total during their entire pregnancy. That number might be even lower for women who are already overweight or who have a higher BMI before getting pregnant. Your doctor can tell you the target weight gain goal for your particular pregnancy.
First of all, one of the most important things to remember when you are pregnant is that you are not, in fact, “eating for two”. You might be growing a baby inside you, but that does NOT mean that you need double the amount of food, or double the calories. You simply need just enough to grow a healthy baby. Once your baby is born, keep in mind that you are going to have to lose that baby weight all on your own, and babies only weigh around five to ten pounds! Make healthy choices when you are choosing food during your pregnancy, and make sure you are proud of the food you are putting in your body. Skip the sugary drinks, fast food, processed snacks, etc. and focus more on whole foods, fruits and veggies, lean proteins, and lots and lots of water so you stay hydrated and prevent stretch marks.
Just because you are pregnant does not mean that you are able to sit on your butt and eat bon bons all day! Keep yourself active and make sure you are getting plenty of exercise. This will help to ensure that you do not gain too much weight during your pregnancy, and also that you are going to be able to bounce back to your pre-baby body much faster after giving birth. Exercise can also help to relieve aches and pains associated with pregnancy, as well as help to give you a much needed energy boost during this important time. Even if it’s just a short walk every day, get up and get outside and get moving! You’ll thank me later, just wait and see! It’s crazy to think that exercise will actually be giving your more energy during pregnancy, but it’s true! Try it and see!
If you are concerned about staying fit during pregnancy, you might also want to consider eating your largest meal of the day at breakfast or lunch, where you will have plenty of time to burn off the calories before bedtime. Try not to snack after dinner, either, as this can lead to weight gain. Small, frequent meals are sometimes a better idea than three regular sized meals during the day, especially if you are experiencing morning sickness or heartburn. Think of your meals as snack sized instead of big full meals, and that can help to alleviate your stomach issues and can also help to keep you full longer, which can help you to feel better overall.
If you are concerned that your workout regimine or routine might not be safe during pregnancy, or might be too much, please don’t hesitate to talk with your doctor. For the most part, there are not many things that a pregnant woman should avoid when it comes to working out, but you can talk with your doctor and make sure that you are doing everything right. There are certain situations and certain activities that are not okay for every pregnant woman, but your doctor can help you best decide a great fitness plan for your particular case. Just keep active and try as hard as you can to keep moving!
Keep these things in mind and you will be more likely to have a healthy happy pregnancy. Staying in shape and staying fit during pregnancy should not take up all your time and all your thoughts during this special time, but it should definitely be something that you consider and try to strive for. That doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a special treat or your very strange and crazy pregnancy craving, just do it all in moderation! Follow these tips for a healthy and happy pregnancy, so you don’t have to work so hard to get back in shape after you give birth! Best wishes and best of luck on staying in shape while battling your pregnancy snack demons!