Friends keep complimenting me at how I’m practically at 30 weeks (29 weeks today!) and still look like I did pre-pregnancy. I just have a big belly. Honestly, I’ve gained 25 pounds already, and it’s said that I should gain 25-35 pounds by the end of pregnancy. I guess I’ll be on the higher end of that range by the end of this journey 🙂
Anyway, I wanted to share what I’ve been doing in order to stay at a healthy weight range because I know plenty of women struggle with this. It’s pretty simple. I eat whole foods in small portions throughout the day and work out at least 3 times a week.
When it comes to working out, I do a variety of things. It really depends on how I feel and what I feel will benefit me the most for the week. I mix it up from the Youtube video, a 15 minute pre-natal yoga session or other videos on the DVD set I shared here. I’ve also committed to walking at least 2 miles a week for this month with my company.
I think consciously choosing to do anything active for 15-30 minutes a few times a week makes a huge difference. I went through a phase where I didn’t do any workouts for a few weeks, and I had gained 4 pounds in one week (you should only gain 1-2 pounds a week). I also felt more tired and more achy. Go figure, right? I’m much more mentally and physically capable throughout the day when I make sure I workout a few times a week.
When it comes to eating, I think one thing that really helped me was working. I say this because it made sure I only ate the snacks I packed with me and didn’t binge on other snacks in the fridge or the pantry. I brought enough snacks so that I was never hungry and brought only food that would bring some nutrients to baby. Once I got into the rhythm, I figured out that I should pack 4-5 snacks + lunch. Of course, I’d sneak in the occasional chocolate or cupcake (or rice krispies treat), but for the most part, I tried to eat as clean as possible. I’d have 2 snacks before lunch and 2 snacks after, enjoying the snacks every 2 hours or so.
Typically I’d pack at least 2 different fruits and 2 of whatever else I find healthy in the fridge. It varies between Greek yogurt, boiled eggs, veggie juice (thanks to my husband), steamed veggies, or even overnight oatmeal.
If you don’t work, try to limit yourself with certain snacks and try to avoid looking for more once you’ve set your day’s snacks aside. You might have cravings, but you shouldn’t feel hungry. Considering it’s recommended that pregnant women only eat an extra 300 calories a day, a few extra snacks to munch on should be more than sufficient.
In short, workout (at least) 3-4 times a week for 15-30 minutes; pack healthy snacks, enough to eat something every 2 hours; and don’t cave into all of your cravings. Treat yourself out every now and then though because you deserve it!
My doctor told me to keep working out and maintaining my weight gain, noting that the whole process of pregnancy would be easier if I did. When I had mentioned that I didn’t work out as often for that one period of time, he was a little annoyed and encouraged me to work out more. I’m hoping to find that maintaining a healthy pregnancy will also be valuable when it comes to labor, but I guess only time will tell, huh? 🙂