Friday, June 8, 2012

A How-To


I think a lot of pregnant women struggle with this and I also think I make a great candidate to talk about this, so here we go.


As far as size is concerned, pre-pregnancy I was very average.  I am 5'6", not over-weight, not under-weight, wore size 8 pants, wore a size medium shirt, and have a size 8.5 shoe.  Average, average, average.  When I found out I was pregnant I immediately decided that I was not going to eat like most pregnant women do.  I saw first-hand what my sister's crazy eating did.  We're talking 50+ pound weight gain and a 9.5 pound baby.  I did not want that to be me! Although I must add, she loved phenomenal nearly immediately after having Payton!  


So if you're wondering how to keep your weight gain under control while pregnant, I think I can help.  I am nearly 35 weeks pregnant and was told this morning at my appointment that I am exactly when I need to be.  Hooray!


Every body is different, which means that gaining the "normal" 25-30 pounds is not always what each body needs.  For example, my sister was under-weight and needed to gain around 40 pounds.  I was told 30 pounds and I have, to date, gained 24 pounds with five more weeks to go.  Please note: I just ate a HUGE breakfast, so I may officially be speaking lies now.  


I think if you're "average" like myself with no health issues than you can continue to eat normally.  I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and usually have a SMALL snack between breakfast and lunch and lunch and dinner.  I do not eat exceptionally healthy and won't even tell you that that is what you need to do, it just isn't very realistic.  I don't eat fast food but I do eat out.  Most importantly, I never tell myself "oh you're pregnant, eat what you want while you can."  Once you start telling yourself that, there is no going back.  


I don't believe that in order to stay within a healthy weight range that you need to follow a strict formula.  Exercise when you can, get an adequate amount of sleep, remember to eat, drink incredible amounts of water, and don't over-indulge. 


I hope this helps.  Pregnancy can be stressful as is, having to worry about weight-gain will be another stressor if you let it, so don't let it.   

2 comments:

  1. I gained 70 lbs with my son Wyatt. Yup, 70 lbs. It was nuts. {I had pre-E but that's not an excuse}. Don't let your stomachs take over ladies! Jillian Michaels is kickin' my butt right now!

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  2. I love reading your blog and I DO follow you on instagram! I have to say that I am one of those women who has a very difficult time with my pregnancy weight gain. I too am "average" and I dont consider myself to be skinny or overweight by any means, but gaining a little weight here and there and then nothing, then gaining 7-9lbs in one month two times in a row ... is really killing me! I know it's all for the baby but honestly ... how much of it is REALLY for the baby? I mean ... really people?

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