While gaining a little weight during pregnancy is perfectly normal, there are simple ways to make sure you don’t gain too many pounds. And if you choose healthy foods and opt for light but regular exercise, you can even be in better shape during your pregnancy.
We’ve put together some easy and doable tips that can help you stay fit during pregnancy.
Ways to Stay Fit During Your Pregnancy
Sit Up By Rolling To The Side
As your belly grows, it’s nearly impossible to keep your abdominal muscles from spreading apart. This happens because of the pressure of your growing baby and all the hormonal changes your body goes through during pregnancy.
While this separation is harmless, it can cause some discomfort and leave a ‘lump’, making your belly look bigger. To prevent further abdominal separation, try turning on your side when you get out of bed or sit down.
Keep Your Water Bottle Within Reach
Drinking plenty of water is essential for your overall health and can help you keep your weight in check. Staying hydrated is especially important during pregnancy because water helps the placenta form.
If you’re having trouble drinking enough water, buy a bottle you like to drink and take it with you wherever you go.
Avoid The “eating For Two” Mindset
While it can be difficult to control cravings during pregnancy, you shouldn’t double your normal caloric intake. While it’s tempting to think that you can eat anything just because you’re pregnant, you’ll still have to lose the baby weight after you give birth.
In fact, you only need about 300 calories per day above your normal intake starting in the second trimester of pregnancy.
Eat Your Largest Meal At Lunchtime
Pregnancy can be exhausting and we totally understand why you might feel really hungry at night. But in order not to accumulate unnecessary kilos, it is best to make the largest meal at lunchtime.
Sticking to a healthy and nutritious lunch and light dinner can help you easily manage your weight gain.
Carve Out Time To Exercise
Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to spend your days lying on a couch, no matter how tempting that may seem. Regular, light exercise will help improve your mood and keep your weight in check.
Although some activities, such as basketball or hot yoga, are not recommended during pregnancy, you can enjoy walking and other low-impact exercises.
Skip The Sugary Drinks
While it’s perfectly safe to give in to pregnancy cravings from time to time, eating fast food and drinking sugary sodas regularly won’t do your health any favors. Sodas are low in nutrients and high in calories, and if you drink them too often, they can add a few extra pounds to the scale.
What helped you control your weight during pregnancy? Do you have any advice for other moms-to-be?