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!
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