You had heard and read about pregnancy cravings but you never thought they would be this acute for you. You are suddenly craving carbohydrates with a vengeance and everywhere you turn there are well wishers asking you to eat for two. With all this going on, it is going to be very challenging for you to follow the pregnancy weight management guidelines.
Why is important to manage your weight during pregnancy?
- Excessive weight gain increase your chance of birth complications like C-section and premature birth
- Even if you start your pregnancy being overweight or obese, sticking to your recommended weight gain can decrease the risk of health problems like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.
Here are a few recommended tips to manage a healthy weight gain during your final trimester:
- Eat Moderately: You need not eat for two. In your final trimester, you need to eat 450 extra calories per day . This will be different if you are underweight or overweight. You can spread this over frequent small healthy meals in the day. Eat food that is rich in protein, fibre and healthy fat. Fruits that are high in fiber and water like oranges can also keep hunger at bay. They also help you prevent constipation.
- Drink Water: Around 8 glasses a day would be ideal. It is important to avoid dehydration during pregnancy. It eases constipation, helps with your slow digestion and prevents bloating. Try adding a lime for the extra zing.
- Eat a Combination of Healthy and Junk Food: It is not possible to avoid all unhealthy food cravings. You will need to eat ice cream and French fries at some point. Make it interesting and feel less guilty by mixing and matching it with a healthy snack. That way you satisfy your cravings as well as get some nutrients in the bargain. If you do not want to do that, then limit your unhealthy cravings to once a week.
- Get your Carbs: Carbohydrates cannot be completely avoided at this time. They help you keep full and arrest your cravings. They can help you with any remaining nausea and morning sickness. However, plain starchy food can raise your blood sugar. Instead, choose to eat complex carbohydrates like whole grains.
- Get exercise: Walking is a simple regime that you can follow throughout the term unless advised otherwise. Other forms of exercise like aerobics, pilates and jogging can be done after consulting your doctor. Yoga can also be therapeutic. Avoid jerky movements and contact sports. Exercise helps with weight management as well as reduces aches and pains during pregnancy.
- Discuss weight gain: Having a discussion about weight with your doctor during the prenatal visits will help you keep track of it.
Remember that at no point in the pregnancy is it okay to diet and lose weight. Restricting food intake could be potentially hazardous to you and your child. Just maintain a healthy lifestyle and feel good.