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Is it ever safe to go on a pregnancy diet? What is a good pregnancy diet? If these are questions you've been asking yourself, then read on...
Many pregnant women lament the fact that they gain so much weight during pregnancy but it is actually very important that you do gain weight when you are pregnant.
Whilst it's common for mothers-to-be to actually lose weight in the first trimester of pregnancy because of nausea, it's equally common to gain up to about 2 stone over the second and third trimesters. Usually the weight gain levels off in the last few weeks as the growing baby starts to get ready for birth and already has adequate fat under his skin.
It's important to remember that of the weight you do gain, much of it will be accounted for around your waist, hips and breasts, not to mention pure baby, placenta and amniotic fluid. And, it's worth noting that if you're breastfeeding you will lose most, if not all of the excess fat you have gained fairly quickly.
Going on a calorie controlled pregnancy diet is something you should only do under supervision of your doctor. Whilst conditions such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and even a more difficult labour and birth can result from being very overweight in pregnancy, it's essential that you lose excess weight gradually and preferably before getting pregnant.
When going on a pregnancy diet try to aim for a nutritious, balanced diet. Instead of giving into cravings for junk food such as crisps, cream buns, chips, chocolate and so on, reach for healthy options such as apples, oranges, grapes, celery and carrot sticks. Not only are these much better for you and your baby but they will also help ensure you get plenty of vitamins and minerals as well as helping to prevent constipation and the dreaded pregnancy hemorrhoids (piles)!
If you are finding it difficult to eat a healthy pregnancy diet, have a chat with your gp who may be able to refer you to a nutritionist who will advise you on how to spice your healthy diet up a bit!
In general, although the occasional treat is fine, try not to overdo it and your pregnancy diet will be a successful one for you and your baby!
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