If you're overweight, pregnancy can be challenging because you're prone to complications such as gestational diabetes -- especially if you gain too much. But don't fear! Here are some simple and easy ideas to help keep you on track.
Target Your Weight Gain AccordinglyKeep in mind that weight gain doesn't have to start until the second trimester. Then you should gain only two to three pounds a month -- 15 to 20 pounds total.
Eat Healthy, High-Protein SnacksTry a mini whole-wheat bagel with peanut butter.
Drink 8 to 10 Glasses of Water DailyStaying hydrated will curb your appetite and help you eat less.
Shoot for 25 to 30 grams of Fiber Daily.High-fiber cereal and whole grains will fill you up
Eat Regular MealsStick to breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks. Take in 1,800 to 2,400 calories a day (which may be less than what you're eating now). Erratic eating habits often contribute to weight gain.
Keep a Food DiaryYou can consult the diary, along with your doctor or nutritionist, to see what modifications to make (such as reducing portion size) if you're gaining too much or not gaining enough.
Avoid Juices & Sweet BeveragesThese are packed with calories. Drink only nonfat milk, water, or unsweetened beverages.
Avoid Simple SugarsChoose complex carbohydrates, such as whole-grain breads and cereals, fruits, and vegetables.
Get Some ExerciseEven just walking, for at least 15 minutes a day, can make a difference.
Have a Healthy Pregnancy!
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