How To Stay in Shape During Pregnancy
Is your goal to stay in shape during your pregnancy? With the right exercise and nutrition advice you can stay fit and healthy, let me guide you with these 3 tips.
1: Avoid Sugar & Junk Carbs
Sugar and junk carbs will increase extra pregnancy weight and fluid gains. Processed carbohydrates like white bread, breakfast cereals, pasta and baked products in packets will be broken down into sugar in your system also, with the same reaction from your body as raw sugar. While I would not class it as a junk carb, Fruit is also a type of sugar in the form of fructose and over indulging can increase your fat stores. Try to limit yourself to 2 servings of fruit a day. I know this can be hard especially during the first trimester when you may be craving vitamin C foods, a craving for a couple of weeks is fine.
2: Eat Fat & Protein
Eating healthy mono and saturated fats like olive and avocado, coconut oil and quality butter provide you with the means for the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E & K to be absorbed into your system. Crucial for not only your wellbeing but your baby’s development also. Including quality meats, full fat dairy and eggs will also give you the mono and saturated fats and the protein sources for a complete diet. Protein and fat have a high satiety value, which means they switch off the hormones that tell you that you are hungry. Together they will reduce cravings and stop you snacking on the sweet stuff and will also help to stabilize your blood glucose level.
Drinking enough water ensures you keep hydrated which in turn reduces tiredness and pregnancy nausea. This in itself can stop you from over eating as you may often think you are hungry when you re really just thirsty.
Drink 2+ litres a day during your pregnancy and more if you are exercising.