“Weight Gain in Pregnancy ✨
I used to be so worried about weight gain during pregnancy. As an athlete and trainer, I was so concerned about keeping my weight under control, so I could “snap back” after the baby arrived.
During my first pregnancy, I gained 50 pounds (swipe right ➡️). This included being pescatarian and working out every day until I went into labor. I remember going into one of my appointments and my OB telling me that I needed to watch my weight gain so I didn’t gain too much too fast. I can admit I was discouraged. I was doing everything “right”.
When I got pregnant again, I ended up gaining close to 50 pounds AGAIN. This time around, I worked out when I had the time – which was rare due to keeping up with a busy toddler. I would do my best to walk 30 minutes a day, but sometimes that didn’t happen. I ate all foods (including red meat to increase my iron since I was anemic the entire pregnancy). When I noticed that I gained more than the average 30 pounds, I felt myself getting discouraged and feeling like a failure again. How could this happen? Do I need to eat less? Workout more? What was I doing wrong?
Then, I realized something. My body was doing and gaining what it NEEDED to grow my baby – A WHOLE HUMAN. I did what was in my control to stay healthy and active and let my body do the rest.
While I’m not advocating to just let your body go during pregnancy and eat any and everything in the pantry while staying off of your feet (this is NOT healthy and can cause healthy problems for you and your baby), I am saying not to let this cause you stress or feel bad about yourself. Mama, you are beautiful and carrying the most amazing baby that your body is working so hard to form. Every pound keeps your baby even warmer and cozier than she already is.
A few tips to stay healthy during pregnancy (regardless of weight):
1. Walk briskly at least 30 minutes a day
2. Drink 100 ounces of water a day
3. Eat lots of healthy fats, protein, and vegetables “