Monday, March 10, 2014

9 Tips for Plus Size Pregnant Women

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 Accordingly

Keep 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 Snacks

Try a mini whole-wheat bagel with peanut butter.

Drink 8 to 10 Glasses of Water Daily

Staying 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 Meals

Stick 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 Diary

You 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 Beverages

These are packed with calories. Drink only nonfat milk, water, or unsweetened beverages.

Avoid Simple Sugars

Choose complex carbohydrates, such as whole-grain breads and cereals, fruits, and vegetables.

Get Some Exercise

Even just walking, for at least 15 minutes a day, can make a difference.

Have a Healthy Pregnancy!

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