For many of us, one of the key reasons for losing weight is to increase our fertility and chances of conceiving (Read Jassira’s Story: Obesity Infertility to Motherhood). Unfortunately, when we do get pregnant, the healthy lifestyle and hard-won gains we have achieved can fly out of the window, especially if we take all that eating for two stuff to heart! However, being pregnant doesn’t need to sabotage our weight loss progress if we don’t let it. Read on to find out how to prevent pregnancy weight gain from ruining your weight loss progress.
Pregnancy Weight Gain:
You’re Not Eating for Two
While “eating for two” used to be the perfect excuse to eat whatever you like, modern medical advice suggests that eating way over your normal calorie allowance because you are pregnant isn’t a good idea.
Common medical advice nowadays is that you consumer 200 to 500 extra calories while pregnant or breastfeeding. That means it’s vital for you to keep an eye on how much you’re eating when you are expecting.
To do this, you can familiarize yourself with the correct portion amounts of popular foods, or check with your obstetrician about using the MyPlate portion control plate. You can even get an electric scale in the kitchen so you can weight and measure portions as you go along.
Exercise is Safe (and helpful)
Remember too that exercising while pregnant is mainly a good idea, as long as you aren’t contravening the advice of your doctors or medical specialist. In fact, you can pretty much do the same routine as before, as long as you are comfortable until you get into the third trimester when you may have to modify your exercise routine or change the activity that you are doing to something a lot little more sedate. Activities like swimming and yoga being good examples of this. Absolutely seek the advice of your ObGyn on the physical activities and exercise taht are safe for you and your baby.
Exercising is so important to pregnancy health because it will help you to feel better and manage the hormonal fluctuations that occur during pregnancy. It will also ensure that you minimize the risk of putting on too much additional weight and undoing all the hard work that it has taken to get there.
Another issue that can be a threat to your weight loss progress during pregnancy is those hard to beat cravings. You know the ones like shrimp mayonnaise on gram crackers or buckets and buckets of lime Jello!
However, as some experts suggest, cravings are often to triggered by the body needing certain minerals and vitamins. Something that you may be able to minimise or avoid altogether by taking vitamin supplements designed for pregnant women.
Expect a Change in Energy
Something that can have a profound effect on the health of pregnant women is the tiredness they feel once they have conceived. This is because the response to this exhaustion is often to skip their exercises and eat more sugary foods. However, while this may seem to work in the short term it is a poor choice for mothers’ and babies’ long-term health.
Being sleepy is a common occurrence in pregnancy, and can prevent you from making the most healthy choices.
Instead, it can be helpful to be more realistic about your energy levels and cut back on the things you need to do, especially during the first and third trimesters. Then you will able to better manage your tiredness without resorting to the unhealthy behaviors mentioned above that can have a negative impact on your pregnancy weight gain.
And if you’ve had weight loss surgery, then you will need to work closely with your healthcare team — your ObGyn, nutritionist and bariatric surgeon — to ensure proper nutrition and weight gain for your baby and you.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life