So after you start your pregnancy you realize you are already gaining a lot of unnecessary weight. You are confused about it, you are not sure whether to go on a diet or something… These situations sound familiar? You’re not alone. Statistics actually show that Pregnancy weight loss is a major concern since more than half of pregnant women are either overweight or obese already.
When are you considered overweight?
Anyone whose pre-pregnancy body mass index [BMI] is between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight, the BMI being the relationship between weight and height.
If you have a BMI of anything over 29.9, you are considered obese. How do I calculate my BMI, you ask? Well, there are many tools to do that, and if you don’t have one already, try this one.
How to achieve pregnancy weight loss
While pregnancy is not the best time to embark on a weight loss program, there are still ways to lose weight without going on a diet. You don’t necessarily have to restrict your nutritional intake, reason being this can be a bad decision for your pregnancy.
First things first, even the morning sickness is a form of weight loss by itself. In the first three months of pregnancy, nausea causes you to lose appetite, while vomiting will shake off some calories too. There’s no cause for alarm when this happens, though, as the baby still gets sufficient calories.
While such natural happening will help you shed some pounds, it’s harmful to lose weight intentionally by cutting calories through specific diets. To put things clear, here is a simple do’s and don’ts guide to follow in order to achieve pregnancy weight loss the healthy way.
· Observe a healthy pregnancy diet
Ensure you take sufficient nutrients and plenty of water on a daily basis, something that you can achieve by effective planning of your hunger and mood levels.
· Exercise regularly
Just because you are pregnant does not mean it’s the end for exercising. Health professionals recommend low impact but effective exercises. Go swimming, take a walk, or do some simple aerobics.
Pregnancy weight loss does occur naturally for most women when they change their lifestyle or take a healthy diet, or even both. Just remember to be realistic in your expectations, and most of all, discuss with your doctor on what is best for you and your baby.