Are you worried about gaining too much weight during your pregnancy? Girl, you are not alone! Many women are worried about their bodies and their weight during pregnancy. That is NORMAL!
You hear about weight loss stories all the time, but rarely hear people talk about gaining weight. Well, today I am going to talk about it. It isn't "pretty", but it is raw and honest.
IT IS HEALTHY FOR WOMEN TO GAIN SOME WEIGHT WHEN THEY ARE PREGNANT. That doesn't mean that it is easy to feel good about those numbers on the scale. Every time you go into your doctor's office you get "weighed-in" and you just cringe
Gaining weight when you are pregnant is inevitable. The baby is going to grow, that is healthy! Your body is going to change, that is healthy! Every part of your body is going through trauma to help this baby grow. These changes aren't easy to cope with, especially with all of the hormones raging through your body.
If you have ever lost weight, you probably had an "ah-ha" moment where you realized that you needed to change. My "ah-ha" moment was in February 2019 when my husband and I were visiting some family in Texas. (Check out this picture of us at Magnolia) I remember feeling so bloated and full all of the time. I didn't feel comfortable in my own body. I saw a picture of myself on this trip and I knew that I needed to start working out again and lose some weight.
So here I was, completely motivated to lose weight and make some positive changes for my health! I was excited to start some new program and watch the weight just fall off! Come to find out, we were pregnant (hence the bloating). Knowing I couldn't focus on weight loss for the next 9 months, I decided to focus on being as healthy as I could and make this pregnancy as healthy as possible.
We didn't have a scale at the time. I like to just focus on eating healthy and working out and not focusing on the scale. At our first doctor's appointment a couple of weeks later, I weighed in at the most I have ever weighed. My jaw dropped.
My doctor encouraged me to try to gain between 15-25 pounds over the next 9 months. (I am not for sure how you really can control this. I was working out, eating healthy, and the scale just went up whenever it wanted to.)
I ended up gaining 30 pounds throughout my first pregnancy and about 35 during my second. It was more than I wanted to gain, but I tried my best. I think I found a good balance between being careful but still enjoying life.
Here is a picture of me around 36 weeks.
I put together a few tips that might help you over the next couple of months during your pregnancy.
As tempting as it is, don't go and "eat for two". Many women justify eating whatever they want and as much as they want because they have the excuse "I'm eating for two". Talk with your doctor or do some research, but you only need to eat about 300 extra calories a day when you are pregnant. Try really hard to stick to that.
It was SO tempting for me to "pig out" and just eat whatever I wanted because I knew that I was going to gain weight no matter what. But, thankfully I reminded myself that I will have to work that much harder after the baby is born if I am not careful now.
I believe that everybody needs to treat themselves frequently, pregnant or not. I still treated myself FREQUENTLY during pregnancy but in still moderation. That is what life is all about :)
What exactly does moderation mean? Well, during the first trimester when potato chips sound heavenly, I eat potato chips! I don't eat the whole bag though, or stuff myself till I feel bloated. I get out one serving and enjoy them because that is what baby is craving. I normally don't even keep potato chips in the house, except for when I am pregnant.
If it sounds good, eat it, but just limit the amount. My husband and I share dessert frequently. It helps save money and my waistline.
2. TRACK YOUR WEIGHT
Also, something that I found helpful was tracking my weight gain. I think it is important to pay attention to the weight, without being consumed by it. Have a bit of a goal like gaining 2 pounds a month, or 1 pound between your doctor's appointments. With my personality, I like to know where I am with my goals. I don't do well being "blind-sided" at the doctor's office. Certain personalities might do better not keeping track of their weight, but I found it to be very helpful!
Don't forget to give yourself grace too. Your body is going through a lot of changes! Some women don't want to look at a scale at all during their nine months, and that is fine too. Find what works for you and feels right!
Find a great workout program! I cannot emphasize this enough! It is so important for our bodies to keep moving, even though we are growing a human being.
Beachbody on Demand has some amazing prenatal programs which I have used for both of my pregnancies and absolutely LOVED! (Click here if you are interested in a free Prenatal Barre sample workout, or fill out this form if you are ready to get signed up with Beachbody and me as your coach!) YouTube also has tons of options. Walking for 20-30 minutes a day is also great choice and is FREE!
There are so many reasons to workout while pregnant. YOU feel amazing, energized, and strong even with this new body and extra weight. Women who workout during pregnancy tend to have easier & shorter labors. BABY has higher chances of being healthy, sleeping better, and nursing better. So why wouldn't you workout IF you doctor clears you?
So to wrap it up,
1. Eat the recommended amount of calories for yourself most days.
2. Try to move for 20-30 minutes daily.
3. Treat yourself occasionally, after all you are creating a human being inside you!
Enjoy every minute of this beautiful gift of pregnancy!
Here are some other blog posts that I think you might enjoy!
How To Prepare Your Body for Labor.
12 Reasons to Get Beachbody on Demand
Beginner's Guide to Meal Prep
Beginner's Guide to Meal Planning
After having our baby in October of 2019, I knew I wanted to start working out again as soon as the doctor cleared me. I did some research and chose to start with 21 Day Fix.
WHAT IS 21 DAY FIX?
21 Day Fix is a 3 week workout program with super trainer Autumn Calabrese. She has lots of workout programs. Her most famous one is probably 80 Day Obsession.
She developed the 21 Day Fix Portion Control nutrition program to also coincide with this workout program, or any other workout program. Here is a picture of me with her portion containers :)
Overall, I really liked this workout program. It served its purpose for me during my first few weeks of postpartum. It helped me ease back into working out slowing and safely. I would not say that this program is "easy" per se but very doable! It is definitely recommended for beginners. I think almost anybody could do this workout program!
The workouts are 30 minutes long. Again, I am a busy mom with a newborn. Finding time to workout is not always easy. Having a good program that is 30 minutes or less is essential! It is the perfect amount of time for some self-care and doing something for yourself.
It is a short program, just 21 days. I liked that it was short so you could feel accomplished when you finish the program. There is a sense of pride when you finish anything. After working out with a program for 21 days, it feels good to cross that off and move on to something else. It also worked out really well for me to quickly squeeze this 21 day fix program into the calendar year before January started. If you are looking for a good place to start working out, this program is great for you!
I felt this program was repetitive. Autumn has 7 workout videos focusing on something different each day. For example, there is cardio fix, arms, legs, abs, pilates, yoga, etc. So each Monday you do the cardio fix video. Each Tuesday you do the upper fix, etc. It might not be a big deal to others, but I didn't like that. I don't like hearing the same jokes or phrases week after week (even if it is just 3 weeks).
It is a short program. (This is a pro and a con) It is hard to see yourself physically changing and getting stronger with this workout program because it is only 3 weeks. I know multiple people that just repeat it over and over. I couldn't do that because I would get tired of this program. I like something with a little more variety.
No rest day. Because it is such a short program, there is no rest day built into each week's workout. It is fine for the three weeks, but I wouldn't want all of my workout programs to be this way. I enjoy not working out on Sundays.
When I went through this program, I lost 6 pounds and 2 total inches in just 3 weeks! Some of that was probably postpartum weight, but I was very encouraged! Along with doing this program, I did the nutrition plan that correlates, 21 Day Fix Portion Control.
I don't have any transformation pictures of myself, but here is a transformation of Sophie after doing the 21 Day Fix. Pretty amazing! Picture how you could look and feel in just 3 weeks!
If you are interested in trying the free sample, check it out here.
Fill out this form if you are ready to give the 21 Day Fix a shot and change your life! This form gives me a little bit of information about you and your goals. After filling it out, I will reach out to you in email and we can figure out our plan to get you the results you want!