A lot of changes happen to moms during their nine months of pregnancy. From changes in hair, to gums and teeth, to breasts and skin, Mother Nature uses this precious time to transform a woman’s body into a safe and healthy haven for her new baby.
But of all the changes taking place, many moms might find themselves most concerned with how much weight to gain during pregnancy. The CBS Early Show recently did a segment on “pregorexia” and how some moms take extreme measures of limiting how much food they eat to lessen the amount of pounds they put on during pregnancy. This kind of behavior can cause severe harm to an unborn baby. Fad diets can reduce the nutrients your baby needs for his growth and health.
It’s important that pregnant moms eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. On average, women need an extra 300 calories a day to support the growth and development of their baby. You can get these extra calories by adding a small snack between meals, so make healthy choices. With your health provider’s OK, you should also do at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most, if not all, days.
As far as weight gain, women who are at a normal weight before pregnancy should gain between 25-35 pounds. If you’re currently overweight, aim for a range of 15-25 pounds to avoid developing complications during pregnancy such as gestational diabetes or high blood pressure.
Remember – the healthier you are during your pregnancy, the healthier your baby will be.