How do i slow weight gain during pregnancy?

(June 15, 2010)

Slow Weight Gain In Pregnancy

Weight gain during pregnancy is inevitable and desired. However, the amount of weight you gain during pregnancy is directly dependent on the amount of activity you engages yourself in on a daily basis and the quantity and kinds of food you consume.

Most doctors recommend that average women should gain between 25 – 35 pounds during pregnancy. However, if the pregnant woman is already overweight before pregnancy then the amount of weight gained should be lesser similarly the amount of weight gained should be more in the case of underweight women. A qualified dietician or healthcare provider will be able to determine the ideal weight gain during pregnancy. During pregnancy on account of the physical and hormonal changes the body demands more nutrients, however this does not mean that the calorie intake should also increase. Typically a pregnant woman should follow a diet that provides her with a minimum of 1800 calories per day. Ideally during pregnancy, it is advisable to eat foods that are rich in proteins like fish, chicken, lean meats eggs, nuts etc. Care should be taken to avoid fish that have high mercury content or eggs that are raw or undercooked. Eating foods high in proteins help in regulating the blood sugar levels during pregnancy and also curb one’s appetite thereby avoiding unnecessary weight gain. Calcium is also essential during pregnancy for the healthy development of teeth and bones. Pregnant women should consume low fat versions of calcium rich foods such as milk, milk products, yogurt etc so as to gain the benefits of calcium without the extra calories.

Weight gain during pregnancy can also be minimized by stopping or controlling the intake of foods like pasta, white breads, potatoes etc as these foods are known to increase the blood sugar levels especially during pregnancy which in turn causes the body to store more fat resulting in weight gain. Instead pregnant women should consume foods like fresh fruits and vegetables which provide all the necessary vitamins, minerals and fiber without contributing to weight gain. Pregnancy tends to slow down the digestive tract in women. Hence it is advised to consume foods that have high fiber content and they help in digestion. Weight gain during pregnancy can also be minimized by consuming plenty of water which will help keep you hydrated and refreshed and also act as an appetite deterrent. Pregnancy related weight gain can also be controlled by avoiding processed or canned foods that have sugar and fat content.

Submitted by P T on June 15, 2010 at 12:56

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