Trying to maintain a healthy body weight during pregnancy? Are you ready to change your eating habits? If so, you’re on the right path. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to eat for two while pregnant. This will lead to excess weight gain, which can raise your risk for premature birth, c-section delivery, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and preeclampsia. Maintaining a normal body weight is good for you and your baby.
Here are some helpful tips on how to reduce weight gain during pregnancy:
Limit Sugar Consumption
Sugar is the main culprit behind obesity, poor immune function, and diabetes. This common ingredient has been called the white poison for a reason. A high-sugar diet increases your risk of cardiovascular problems, metabolic syndrome, and insulin resistance. On top of that, it weakens your immune system and messes up your metabolism.
Since most foods contain sugar, it’s essential to choose natural products, such as fresh fruit, vegetables, lean meat, nuts, seeds, fish, and pastured eggs. Cook your own meals to make sure there are no added sugars. Ditch the soda and drink more water. Read food labels and avoid any products containing high fructose corn syrup, molasses, dextrose, agave syrup, and maltodextrin.
Get More Fiber
Dietary fiber keeps things moving in your digestive tract. Most pregnant women suffer from constipation, so a high fiber diet can help. This nutrient slows down the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream, flushes out toxins, and keeps you full longer. It also helps maintain a healthy weight and lowers your risk of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, stroke, and diverticulitis. To increase your fiber intake, eat low glycemic index fruits, green leafy vegetables, raw nuts, legumes, and seeds.
Eat Metabolism-Boosting Foods
Every system in your body is influenced by your metabolism. If your metabolic rate is low, you may gain weight easily and burn too few calories. Certain foods can rev up your metabolism naturally. This will allow you to maintain a normal body weight before, during, and after pregnancy. Make sure you eat poultry, turkey, fish, cottage cheese, hot peppers, cinnamon, walnuts, almonds and other metabolism-boosting foods.
Prenatal fitness can help reduce weight during pregnancy. Moms-to-be can try yoga, pilates, swimming, brisk walking, indoor cycling, and even strength training. Yoga is particularly good for pregnant women. Its benefits range from greater energy and increased range of motion to stress relief. Since you’re carrying a baby, prenatal yoga should be your first choice.