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How to Lose Weight Safely During Pregnancy

on Apr 12, 2013

by Monica Scott

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How to Lose Weight Safely During Pregnancy

If you feel you need to lose weight during pregnancy, you shouldn’t aim at losing too much weight either because that can cause problems such as low birth weight.

Pregnancy brings in different changes in different women. While some women experience heavy morning sickness that can get unbearable, others don’t even notice the discomfort. Some women may have aversions to certain foods while the others may not. There are differences when it comes to weight gain too. While all women are supposed to gain weight, for some women the weight gain is more prominent. If you are lucky you won’t show even a bump until your second trimester. If you are not, you might start putting on weight in your early pregnancy itself and you will continue to put on weight through your pregnancy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Acceptable weight gain

Certain amount of weight gain is acceptable and it is also necessary. However, if you gain too much weight, you should consider shedding it right away before it piles on. Remember that excess weight can harm your baby and also cause a number of complications at the time of labor and delivery. Having said that, you shouldn’t aim at losing too much weight either because that can cause problems such as low birth weight. Hence you should talk to your doctor about weight loss during pregnancy so that you lose weight effectively and don’t end up losing too much weight. Here are a few steps that will help you lose weight safely, without risks.

Go for a swim

Yes, swimming can benefit pregnant ladies a lot. It is one of the best exercises you could perform during pregnancy. The main reason behind this is that it is low-impact and it also does not come with requirements of bearing weights. Make sure, though, that you swim only in heated pools and not the other pools. Cold pools will make you hungrier after swimming, according to recent studies.

Go for a walk

Walking regularly is quality exercise for pregnant women. Similar to swimming, it is low impact and does not raise your body temperature like the other workouts threaten to. You can walk at any time depending on your comfort level and your preferences. You can walk for however long you want, too. Another advantage of walking during pregnancy is that your heart rate won’t increase dangerously.

Sleep

No, I am not saying that sleeping will miraculously help you shed the excess weight. I am saying that sleep will help you against putting on more pounds. When you don’t sleep well, you tend to gain more weight because the hormones that are responsible to make you feel full are not produced properly. At the same time, hormones that make you feel hungry are produced more than required. To avoid such unbalance you should make sure you get adequate sleep each night. Try sleeping for eight hours at a stretch. If possible, take a nap during the afternoons too. Sleeping will also curb morning sickness considerably.

Watch your diet

It is very important for you to eat right during your pregnancy and keep away from processed foods. You will have various cravings during your pregnancy but that doesn’t mean you satisfy all of them. It will be difficult, yes, but keep in mind the outcome if you gorge on everything you desire to. Fast foods and ice cream are a big no, no matter how much you may want them. Eat only the number of calories required along with all the fats and proteins. Don’t go overboard.

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Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.

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