Gaining Weight While Pregnant

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“The beauty of my body is not measured by the size of the clothes it can fit into, but by the stories that it tells. I have a belly and hips that say, “We grew a child in here,” and breasts that say, “We nourished life.” We create amazing things.” - Unknown

The average weight gain of a pregnant women is between 25-35 pounds. As a mother we all know how difficult it is to get your body back after having a baby but with a good exercise plan and healthy diet it might not be as hard as you think.  Exceeding your limits can have you experience heavy bleeding, headaches, and excessive soreness so make sure to check with your doctor before engaging in any workout program.  To start off, it is important to remember every body is different but the appropriate time to start dieting/exercising is not until your baby is 6 weeks old since your body needs rest and nutrition to recover from delivery. Your age, diet, activity level, and your natural metabolism are the main factors that have been proven to affect your weight loss journey.  Provided below are helpful tips according to WebMD which is a corporation that provides health news, advice, and expertise.

1.    Walking- it’s a great and safe exercise during and after pregnancy. It keeps your muscles moving.

2.    Deep Belly Breathing with Abdominal Contraction- helps relax muscles and it starts the process of strengthening and toning your abs and belly.

3.    Head Lifts, Shoulder Lifts, and Curl- Ups- helps strengthen back muscles while burning calories, and tones your stomach and abs.

4.    Kegels- helps you tone bladder muscles and help reduce risks of incontinence associated with child birth.

5.    Get some Sleep- helps protect your mental and physical health, quality of life, and safety.

When It comes to your nutrition it is very important to keep in mind since you are breastfeeding, you have to eat enough calories to maintain you and your baby healthy. Not consuming enough calories triggers the release of toxins that end up in breast milk. You need balanced meals at least 3-4 times a day for your stamina and energy. Your diet should consist of high-protein foods, anti- inflammatories such as green tea to spices such as turmeric and garlic, Vitamin A, C, D, E, Potassium, Omega- 3 acids such as salmon and tuna, and lastly fruits and vegetables.  

Losing the baby weight is not going to happen right away. Be patient with yourself and most importantly love yourself!

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By Joselyn Carpio of Expecting Parents Alliance of America

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