My first pregnancy, I gained a whopping 60-70 lbs. I know now that I took the ‘eating for two’ concept seriously and that is what made me gain so much weight. In the end, it wasn’t as healthy for me or my baby, and I am still trying to lose the rest of that baby weight. My baby ended up weighing 10 pounds 7 oz. but was overall a healthy baby. So, all in all, there are a few things I would like to do differently this time.
I’m currently 16 weeks pregnant and even though I am not starting out at my pre-pregnancy weight, I have still been trying my best to be smart about food choices, because of my pregnancy weight gain last time. Here’s what I’m doing to make sure I don’t gain a ton of weight this time. Sometimes I eat junk food or eat a portion that is too big, but if that happens I try to make up for it by walking a little more and just trying harder the next day.
1.) Drinking a lot of water- I bought a pretty water bottle to motivate me to drink more water everyday.
2.) Portion control- It is freeing to just maintain how I was eating before I was pregnant. And whether I am pregnant or not, there is not a good excuse to overeat. There are certainly times right now that I feel hungrier, but that can be managed with drinking more water and healthy snacks.
3.) Walking- I walk every other day, and sometimes everyday. I go back and forth between 1 mile and 2 miles. I also take advantage of walking around town with my 3 year old. Everything is so close in our town, that I could pretty much walk to any errand I would need to get done. It is nice to walk with home videos at times, and also very refreshing to get outside and walk.
So far during the first trimester, I have not gained any weight, simply maintained. Which I am happy about!! Now, these second and third trimesters can get a little tricky. I have been hungrier and my belly is constantly growing. So I will have to keep being faithful and take care of myself. No matter what, in the end, I will be happy that I gave it my all, and will be happier with my postpartum body and can continue to work on myself after my baby is born.
Have a happy pregnancy, and enjoy your journey!