4 Tips For Not Gaining Excess Pregnancy Weight

Many women are concerned about gaining too much weight during pregnancy. Aside from vanity issues, there are legitimate medical reasons to keep weight gain to your obstetrician's recommendations. Studies show an excessive amount of weight gain can increase the likelihood of delivering prematurely. Excess weight gain also increases the likelihood of having to deliver via Caesarian rather than vaginally. Here are four tips to keep your weight in check when pregnant.

1. Eat Small, Frequent Meals

Just because you are eating for two doesn't mean you should double your caloric intake. According to the March of Dimes, pregnant women require only about 300 additional calories each day.

Many women find if they allow their stomach to empty completely, they suffer more with nausea and vomiting. Rather than eating three full meals daily, aim for six smaller meals and snacks.

2. Choose Healthy Foods

Your calories shouldn't come from fast food burgers and sugary sweets. Choose from an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and lean proteins such as chicken and fish, as well as a moderate amount of dairy foods if you are not lactose intolerant. For snacks, a piece of peanut butter toast, dried fruits, cut vegetables with hummus bean dip, or Greek yogurt with some fresh berries are good quick and healthy options.

3. Drink Plenty of Water

It's easy to get dehydrated during pregnancy, especially if you have been suffering from morning sickness and vomiting. Dehydration can exacerbate the morning sickness. Plenty of water will also help you from becoming constipated, which is no fun, especially pregnant.

Dehydration can also be mistaken for hunger. If you find yourself struggling with trying to control how often you eat, drink a glass of water first. This will often quell the appetite, keeping you from eating when you weren't really hungry after all.

4. Get Moving

Whether you actively exercised before pregnancy or not, physical activity is important for pregnant women. While you may not want to run out and join an aerobics class or take up jogging, there are activities that are well-suited for pregnancy.

For example, swimming is a great for of exercise. The water buoyancy allows you to get a workout in while reducing the pressure on your joints and pelvis. Walking each day is another great way to stay or get in shape while pregnant. Being in good physical condition will help when it comes time to deliver.

To learn more, contact a local obstetrician.