Pregnancy is a special time for any woman, and it is natural for a future mother to be concerned whether or not she is providing the best care for her unborn child. Often times, these concerns involve a woman’s diet during pregnancy and her lifestyle in general.
‘Now that you’re pregnant, you should eat for two’. We all have heard this saying. But is it true?
‘You should not do this when you’re pregnant’. Most of us have heard something like that as well. But remember, pregnancy only qualifies as a ‘disability’ in the HR office.
Let’s take a closer look at some rules to follow when you are expecting a baby:
- Do not pack on calories. Your baby is really small and does not require another 2,000 calories, which is a typical diet for an adult. In fact, you should add only about 300 calories to your everyday diet when you become pregnant.
- If you haven’t been eating healthy, it is the best time to start it. This means eating more fruits and vegetables, and choosing lighter, leaner meats. Skip sushi, coffee, soda, and alcohol. Add a good prenatal vitamin.
- Do not forget to exercise. Spend at least 30 minutes a day outside, preferably walking. Not only exercise helps you stay in better shape, it also provides a boost of endorphins, which will make you a happier mom-to-be.
- Do not compare your weight to that of your pregnant girlfriends. Did you know that the amount of weight you should gain depends on your body mass index before pregnancy? According to the Institute of Medicine, for women who were underweight before pregnancy, 28-40 lbs weight gain is considered healthy. Moms with normal weight pre-pregnancy are recommended to gain 25-35 lbs. Overweight women are okay to gain 15-25 lbs, while obese women should aim for 11-20 lbs.
There are many resources a pregnant woman can consult on keeping a healthy lifestyle, including doctors and online resources. We recommend exercising common sense and good judgment when listening to advice, and doing good homework when learning something new.