While it is quite normal to gain some weight during pregnancy, there are simple ways to make sure you do not gain too many pounds.
And if you choose healthy foods and opt for light but regular workouts, you may even be in better shape during your pregnancy.
We’ve put together some easy-to-follow tips that can help you stay fit during pregnancy. Read on to find out more.
Sit rolling on the side
As your belly gets bigger, it is almost impossible to prevent the abdominal muscles from separating. This is due to the pressure exerted by your growing baby and all the hormonal changes that your body undergoes during pregnancy.
Although this separation is harmless, it can cause some discomfort and leave a “bump”, which makes your belly look bigger. To avoid further abdominal separation, try rolling to the side when getting out of bed or sitting down.
Keep your water bottle handy
Drinking enough water is essential for your overall health and can help you control your weight. It is especially important to stay hydrated during pregnancy, as water contributes to the formation of the placenta. If you have trouble drinking enough water, buy a bottle you like to drink in and take it with you wherever you go.
Avoid the “eat for two” mentality
While it may be difficult to control your pregnancy cravings, you should not double your normal caloric intake. Even though it is tempting to think that you can eat anything and everything because you are pregnant, you will still have to lose your pregnancy pounds after giving birth. In fact, you only need about 300 more calories a day than your normal intake from the second trimester of your pregnancy.
Have your biggest meal at lunchtime
Pregnancy can be exhausting, and we fully understand why you can be extremely hungry at night. But in order not to gain extra pounds, it is best to eat your biggest meal at lunch time. Sticking to a healthy, nutritious lunch and light dinner can help you easily manage your weight gain.
Take time to exercise
Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to spend your days lying on a couch, as tempting as it may sound. Light and regular exercise will help you improve your mood and control your weight. Although some activities, such as basketball or hot yoga, are not recommended during pregnancy, you can practice walking and other low-impact exercises.
Drop the sugary drinks
If there is no risk of succumbing to your occasional pregnancy cravings, eating fast foods and drinking sugary sodas on a regular basis will not do you any good. Soft drinks are low in nutrients and high in calories, and if you drink them too often, you may gain a few extra pounds on the scales.