How to Stay Fit and Healthy During Pregnancy
It is inevitable that you will gain weight during your pregnancy because you are eating for you and your baby. Not to mention you will gain as your baby develops and grows. The normal weight gain for pregnant women is 25 to 35 pounds. This is just an average range so do not be afraid if you gain more or less than that. The importance is to stay fit and healthy during the nine months you are carrying your baby or babies. You do not want to do anything too strenuous or start a diet or follow a fad diet to keep weight gain down. Here are some ways to stay fit and healthy during your pregnancy.
Eating healthy meals is important because you are providing nourishment for your baby. Do not cut back on calories because you are afraid of weight gain. Pregnant women should add 200 to 300 calories to their daily intake. The quality of the foods you eat are just as important as the quantity. Eat organic foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals which will give you energy and nourishment. It is acceptable to give into cravings, but eat sweet treats or generally unhealthy foods in moderation.
To stay in shape and minimize too much weight gain you should exercise regularly. Find an exercise routine that you are comfortable with and one where you will not over exert yourself. Also, do not start a new routine that you did not do before you were pregnant. If you have always been a runner, it is OK to run while you are carrying. If it is too painful to run, then you can walk which is also a great way to stay in shape. You can always consult with your doctor if you are worried about harming your baby from the workouts you are doing. Listen to your body, because it always lets you know your limits. If you have not tried yoga before, you can find great mommy yoga classes that will relax and tone your body.
It can be a lot of work carrying a baby. Your legs and back will get sore, and you may notice that you get tired easily. Part of staying healthy is taking care of you. It is important to get enough sleep and plenty of rest during the day if you need it. Over exerting yourself during the day can be harmful to both you and your baby. Do not feel guilty about asking for help when you need it or taking naps during the day. Part of being healthy is resting.
Eating properly, exercising on a daily basis, and getting enough rest will ensure that you stay fit and healthy during your pregnancy. You provide the nutrition that your baby needs and staying healthy is important for both of your lives.
Source by Melanie Nader