How to lose weight tips for pregnant women?

Everybody is different, and every woman's body will react differently while pregnant. An average weight gain for a full term pregnancy is anywhere between 25-45 pounds, which includes the increase in the mother's blood volume, the size of the uterus, the placenta, various fluids and the baby. This is an average figure so there will be much variation either side. The increase in body weight is quite normal and healthy especially during pregnancy. This is like so since the little newcomer in the mother needs essential nutrients, which causes excessive hunger and eating more and thus getting fat. After the child's birth, the mother slowly starts losing the unnecessary weight. Discuss with your doctor for more advice on your best weight while pregnancy.

Here are some tips where you can balance your weight throughout and after pregnancy:

During Pregnancy:

  • First and foremost, seek the advice of the doctor regarding the type, duration and time of exercise. In normal deliveries, the exercise can be safely started after 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Eat a healthy diet that abounds in folic acid, fibers, vitamins and proteins.
  • During this time women crave for unusual taste and food, but keeping in mind about the well-being of the baby and the mom it is beneficial to avoid high fat products like cakes and cookies and even ice creams. Fast food items and junk food should be kept away from oneself as they have high calories and carbohydrates.
  • Try to have more steamed food as these items are always healthier to eat than fried food.
  • Increase the intake of water; say 8-10 glasses or even more. Fresh juices are preferable over the preserved ones.

After pregnancy:

  • Walking and swimming are excellent low-impact ways to keep you fit and healthy and maintaining a balanced weight while pregnant. The buoyancy you’ll find in the pool will often come as a relief and an aid to your daily routine and lets you get some fantastic exercise without putting stress on your body or the baby’s.
  • Stationary cycling is also a great way to get some low-impact exercise and build stamina.
  • Yoga and Pilates can be beneficial and effective ways to lose weight while pregnant but make sure you find a suitably experienced instructor who has specialized in dealing with pregnant women.
  • Eating foods with a low Glycemic Index (GI) can help balance your blood sugar levels and reduce the highs and lows that many women suffer throughout the day, due to their slow release of energy. This can help you in reducing the onset of any excess pounds and begin to help you lose weight while pregnant.
  • Last but not the least the mothers breastfeeding their babies not only lose 500 calories per day but also intensify the maternal bond with the child. It keeps the mother and the little naughty healthy and happy. Studies show that mothers who feed their babies are saved from many diseases and their children develop strong resistance towards seasonal changes.