Here's How I Gained the Exact Recommended Weight For Pregnancy
Throughout my career in fitness and wellness, I've worked hard to stay within the same, healthy 3-5 pound weight range for the majority of my adult life. It's not always easy, but I teach exercise classes, prepare and eat most of my meals at home, and work very hard at living an active and balanced lifestyle. When I first found out I was pregnant, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little scared about the physical changes I knew would come along with it.
Now I'm approaching the end of my pregnancy (only a couple days to go), and when I step on the scale, I've gained exactly the recommended 25 pounds (my doctors and midwives gave me a goal of gaining 25-35 pounds throughout the pregnancy). I knew I wanted to stay in that range, as I've seen and heard the health risks of gaining too much gestational weight, including gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, back pain, pelvic pain, and a higher risk of C-section. For me, the key to keeping my weight gain in check was holding myself to the same standards during pregnancy that I've been holding myself to my entire life, and following the six steps I've outlined below.