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Holistic Nutrition - Manage Your Pregnancy Weight Gain

Sep 11, 2008
Any obgyn will tell you that the recommended weight gain for pregnancy is 25-30 pounds. Some women will gain more, some will gain less. But how can you tell if you are gaining too fast during your pregnancy. Too much weight gain can increase your chances of a c section and put you at risk for being overweight after.

Some doctors say that if you put on more than 3 1/2 pounds in your first trimester and are of a normal weight you are putting weight on too fast. If you are overweight and put on more than 2 pounds, you are gaining too fast. Keep in mind though that even if you gain a lot in your first trimester, it doesn't necessarily mean you will gain a lot your whole pregnancy.

Some women gain a lot in the first trimester because morning sickness has them only able to eat carbs and nothing else and still end their pregnancy gaining no more than 25 pounds. If however you find that your weight gain is still not slowing down once you enter your second trimester, there are some tips you can try to help slow it down.

First, start using the principles of holistic nutrition. Change what you are putting in your body. If you are eating healthy foods in moderation your weight gain will slow. It is never a good idea to diet while you are pregnant so make sure you are eating whole foods filled with nutrients and not just empty calories. Apply some basic calorie cutting strategies such as using skim milk instead of whole milk, taking skin off your chicken and grilling or broil instead of frying or sauteing. You will also want to cut out most of your sweets. These are empty calories that are providing no nutritional value to you or your baby.

Next, cut down on the fat you are taking in. Look at what you are eating and how it may have hidden fat in it. Some salad dressings can be loaded with fat, so you might want to try putting your dressing on the side, or even try just using a little lemon juice instead of dressing. Watch how much oil you use when you are cooking or when you are going out to eat and stick to good oils such as extra virgin olive oil.

Get active! You could be gaining weight faster because you are not active. As long as your doctor gives you the go ahead, start a walking program. Walking is one of the best things you can do for your body and your baby. Not only does it help with your weight gain, but some women and doctors swear that walking through out most of your pregnancy could help ease the pains of childbirth. If you can not walk due to weather conditions you might want to look into joining a prenatal exercise class.

Lastly pay attention to what you are eating. Are you following the ideas of holistic nutrition? If not, you may find the food you are putting in your body, as well as the amount is leading to your weight gain. Stick with healthy whole foods and you will be right on track.

Even though you are pregnant, the old adage of eating for two really is not correct. You need to eat well balanced meals, follow a holistic nutrition plan, and make each mouthful count. Following these steps will help you keep your pregnancy weight gain well within the normal limits. It will also set you up to have healthy eating habits after the baby is born, which will help you take off the weight and teach your new child how to eat well.
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