The 14 Best Nutrition Tips: How To Not Gain Weight During Pregnancy?
Every new mom knows the struggle. Sleepless nights, a crying baby, overwhelming hormones, and…the body. Formerly pregnant and newly vacated, it’s not what it once was. Many women find this hard to reconcile. However, losing that pregnancy weight actually starts long before conception. Maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise before, during, and after pregnancy is vital for the health- and figure- of mom and baby.
Before we go any further it is imperative to understand that pregnancy is not the time for extreme fluctuation in weight. Your OB/GYN will advise you regarding appropriate weight gain and diet. Pregnancy should be continuing the health already established prior to seeing the plus sign.
Here are tips for weight loss before and after pregnancy:
1. Lose excess weight
According to WebMd: “Studies link being overweight to a list of pregnancy complications, including miscarriage, stillbirth, and birth defects such as spina bifida. Too many pounds also makes it harder for you to conceive in the first place. You’re also more likely to develop problems during your pregnancy, including high blood pressure (preeclampsia) and gestational diabetes.” Save yourself the unnecessary risk by maintaining a healthy weight before you commence the pregnancy journey.
2. Make substitutions
Dieting does not involve restrictions and fads, but a lifelong food transformation. Start this process with substitutions. Replace the white bread on your sandwich with whole grain. If you’re craving French fries slice some sweet potatoes and bake them in the oven. Add fruit to flavor water in lieu of a carbonated beverage.
3. Increase fruits and veggies
The advantages of a plant-based diet are well documented. Even if you aren’t ready to take the vegetarian plunge, incorporate more of the good stuff into your diet. Add less meat and more vegetables to your sandwiches. Have a fruit smoothie for dessert instead of cookies. Aim for a plate filled with color.