If you're overweight, pregnancy can be challenging because you?re prone to complications such as gestational diabetes -- especially if you gain too much. But don't fear! We've got simple and easy ideas to help keep you on track.
Eat Regular Meals
Stick to breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks. Take in 1,800 to 2,400 calories a day (which may be less than what you're eating now). Erratic eating habits often contribute to weight gain.
Keep a Food Diary
You can consult the diary, along with your doctor or nutritionist, to see what modifications to make (such as reducing portion size) if you're gaining too much or not gaining enough.
Avoid Juices & Sweet Beverages
These are packed with calories. Drink only nonfat milk, water, or unsweetened beverages.
Target Your Weight Gain Accordingly
Keep in mind that weight gain doesn't have to start until the second trimester. Then you should gain only two to three pounds a month -- 15 to 20 pounds total.
Get Some Exercise
Even just walking, for at least 15 minutes a day, can make a difference.
Avoid Simple Sugars
Choose complex carbohydrates, such as whole-grain breads and cereals, fruits, and vegetables.
Eat Healthy, High-Protein Snacks
Try a mini whole-wheat bagel with peanut butter.
Drink 8 to 10 Glasses of Water Daily
Staying hydrated will curb your appetite and help you eat less.
Shoot for 25 to 30 grams of Fiber Daily.
High-fiber cereal and whole grains will fill you up.
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