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Fit Pregnancy: Eating For Two

Between the insane cravings and the nausea, the simple act of eating while pregnant can present many challenges. The concept of eating for two can be a bit dangerous, leading to weight gain that is difficult to lose while mothering 24/7. Since the old-school method of counting calories to track food consumption is back in style, you can apply this method to eating for two. Many obstetricians believe eating 300 additional calories a day is enough to maintain a pregnancy.

Concerned about the growing obesity rate and the fact 55 percent of women of childbearing age are considered overweight, the Institute of Medicine issued new guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy, their first update since 1990. To learn the new guidelines and to weigh in on the matter, check out lilsugar.


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1apple 1apple 8 years
Thanks for sharing, kimmieb124. Sounds like a good way to do it!
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 8 years
I haven't watched calories, but I have paid attention to what I eat and how much I've gained over the course of my pregnancy. During the first four months, I didn't gain any weight because I felt sick all day. Towards the end, I naturally started eating less again because of how quickly I would feel full, and because the occasional bout of heartburn slowed me down. I think just like when a person is not pregnant, it's important to pay attention to your body's signals and eat accordingly. That doesn't mean I don't try to make healthy choices, but it does mean that if I'm hungry, I may end up eating a little more one day than another and that's OK. It all balances out in the end if you're listening to your body rather than to the people telling you "if you can't indulge now, when can you indulge?" It really hasn't been that hard for me to keep my weight gain reasonable even with the occasional hormone-induced splurge. I've also kept the same mentality with exercise during my pregnancy. During the first four months, I felt so sick and exhausted that I didn't force exercise much at all, and I always thought I'd be the one running miles up until my due date! Once I started to feel better, I began exercising moderately on the days that I have the energy. If I'm too exhausted, I sleep rather than force myself to workout, so I've definitely ended up cutting back on my pre-pregnancy exercise schedule. Still, my baby is due Thursday and I'm sure that the reason I feel so great is because I've been listening to my body rather than forcing myself to follow a strict diet and exercise regime during this time.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
totally agree, Spectra, but I agree that "eating for two" shouldn't give people a free pass to eat anything and everything they want to
Spectra Spectra 8 years
OK, so I know you don't exactly eat for two when you're pregnant, but I think being too strict about how many extra calories you eat per day is a little unrealistic. My sis is pregnant with her second baby and there were days when she could barely eat anything because she was so sick and other days when she would eat everything in the fridge because she was ravenous. She just kept tabs on her weight gain and didn't gain much over the recommended amount. Plus, some people gain a little more when they're pregnant but they lose it when they have the baby...every body is going to be a little different.
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