Pregnancy weight gain is something that every woman is concerned with. I get this question all the time….. “How should I eat during pregnancy”? So I want to address that today.
I have even spoken to women who don’t want to get pregnant solely for the reason of not wanting to lose their body.
That is crazy!
Now wait, I’m not judging.
I know that it is scary to think that you may never look the way you used to again and that you have probably seen and heard a million horror stories, but it’s crazy because pregnancy is the most beautiful gift that God gives us women.
And to not experience it and having a beautiful child is a bit selfish.
But I get it!
Prevent Excess Pregnancy Weight Gain
I mean, I remember thinking about the weight gain and my body…
Would I gain a ton of weight?
Would I be able to lose it?
Will I ever look the same again?
And guess what?
I actually look way better NOW after having 2 kids.
It’s possible, my friend!
You can do this too!
You don’t have to be a victim of your pregnancy.
You don’t have to lose your body.
I didn’t and I have worked with literally thousands of pregnant women who have done my Fit Mom-To-Be Workouts, who have gotten similar results and have ended up with better bodies postpartum.
The thing is that most women get pregnant and they decide to make that an excuse to eat eat eat and not exercise.
Don’t do that!
It’s not worth it.
Don’t make pregnancy an excuse make it your motivation!
Did you know that everything you do affects your baby?
Wouldn’t it be great if you went through your pregnancy feeling great, no aches or pains, not feeling super uncomfortable, having energy, sleeping good, and being able to lose your baby weight fast?
You can do that.
You just have to eat healthy and exercise.
Here is a sample pregnancy workout for you to try if you are inspired right now to prevent excess weight gain.
And if you want more workouts to try, make sure to LIKE my Facebook Page. I just opened one solely for my pregnant ladies to find workout and nutrition motivation during pregnancy. I also hang out there all the time answering questions.
You don’t have to DIET and you don’t have to exercise for more than 3-4 hours per week.
Doesn’t that sound good?
That is a lot you are getting with a very small investment in your time and energy.
Please don’t EAT FOR 2. I promise, you will regret it.
I was able to lose all my baby weight in less than 1 month in both my pregnancies because I ate healthy and exercised. Check this out.. and if you want to read My Pregnancy Story, I think you will learn a ton from them. It may actually be a game changer for you and you my end up really enjoying your pregnancy.
Make sure you read my post on Eating For 2.
I want to give you some tips with your Pregnancy Nutrition that will help you control cravings, prevent you from feeling sick, give you energy so you don’t feel fatigued and prevent you from gaining a ton of weight which will make it so hard to lose after you have the baby.
So….. How should I eat during pregnancy?
Here it is.
How To Eat During Pregnancy
1. Eat a “nutritious meal” every 2-3 hours.
A nutritious meal is composed of:
*A Lean Protein (chicken, turkey, lean steak, eggs, fish)
*A Healthy Carbohydrate (oatmeal, brown rice, sweet potato, beans, quinoa, etc)
*Vegetables (asparagus, broccoli, arugula, spinach, zucchini, squash, eggplant)
*A Healthy Fat (avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts), nut butters, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, etc.)
2. Do not eat these things:
*Fish with high levels of mercury
*Fried foods, processed foods, pre-packaged foods.
*High sodium foods and condiments
*Artificial Sweeteners and high sugar foods
*Saturated and trans fats
3. Eat a variety of foods.
You need a lot of nutrients during pregnancy. You need them and the baby needs them. If you eat the same foods all the time, you will not be getting all the vitamins and minerals you need. Also make sure to not skip out on certain nutrients. I know you may not feel too good and you may be having food aversions (read up on how to eat when you have food aversions), but a nutrient is something you must ingest in order to sustain life. It’s that important so you can’t just go months without eating protein.
Make different meals all the time. Play around with some different recipes that seem appealing. Have fun with it.
I have a Pinterest Page full of Healthy Recipes. So go there for some ideas. I also have all kinds of pregnancy workouts, recipes, nutrition tips, pretty much anything you can think of pregnancy. And its all organized for you so you can find what you need easily. So make sure to go there and hit FOLLOW ALL so you have access to all of it.
4. Always plan ahead.
Your stomach empties fast during pregnancy. The reason is because the baby pulls from your food first and you also need energy (calories) to sustain the pregnancy. So you use up calories quick during pregnancy. This is why its so important to eat and eat often.
It can be hard to do if you don’t plan ahead.
Get used to never leaving the house without a little bag or lunch bag full of healthy snacks or meals.
I always took a lunch box with me every time I left the house because I never knew when I would get back home or if my errands or work would take longer and I knew that if I got hungry, I would feel sick and cranky!
Here are a few things I would pack:
- Dale’s Protein Bar
- Healthy Baked Goods (that I would make): Healthy Chocolate Chip Cake, Strawberry Oatmeal Bars, Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies, etc.
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Raw Veggies and hummus
- Almond Butter and Fruit
I know that it can seem overwhelming to eat healthy during pregnancy and its so frustrating that doctors don’t educate pregnant women enough on the effects of EXCESS PREGNANCY WEIGHT GAIN.
By the way, if you haven’t received a list of what you should absolutely not eat during pregnancy, here is a short and cute little CHECKLIST that you can download and print so you can have with you always as a reminder.
So here is what I’m going to do for you. I’m going to give you a NUTRITION GUIDE with exactly what to eat, all the RECIPES, good SNACK OPTIONS, etc. So that you can get an idea of how you should be eating during your pregnancy so that you can be healthy, be creating the best possible environment for your baby, and so that you don’t gain EXCESS WEIGHT so that you are not super uncomfortable all during pregnancy and feeling huge and self conscious. And so that you can lose all your baby weight fast postpartum.
I made this 2-Week Nutrition Guide to give away for FREE to all my pregos because I work with so many in my Fit Mom-To-Be Workout Program that always have so many NUTRITION questions. So, I figured I would make this in an easy to read, print and follow way to help you take the guesses out of how to eat optimally during your pregnancy.
If you follow it and you EXERCISE, you will not just have a great pregnancy but you will feel CONFIDENT, RADIENT, GLOWING.
You won’t be uncomfortable and have aches and pains because you’ve gained so much weight. You will have an easier labor and delivery.
You will sleep better, have more energy. And you will seriously decrease your chances of falling into POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION.
I can’t wait for you to get this Nutrition Guide, the recipes are amazing, and there are so many different options for snacks. You are going to love it. Download it here (It’s totally FREE): PREGNANCY NUTRITION GUIDE.
I hope this helps.
It totally helped me and it has helped thousands of pregnant women that I have worked with that do My Fit Mom-To-Be Workouts. So I know it can help you.
Good luck and print your pregnancy nutrition guide so you can start following it and schedule yourself for 3 workouts this week.
You got this!
Here is the Protein Muffin Recipe that tastes delicious and will help you get a quick on the go snack easily.
I hope I have answered your question of “How should I eat during pregnancy”!
Try these 4 Exercises To Help with Pregnancy Weight Gain:
- 20 Dumbbell Squats
- 20 Push-ups
- 20 Single Leg Anterior Reaches
- 20 Cable Rows
I hope to see you inside the Fit Mom-To-Be Workout Program.
If you start my pregnancy workout program, I will see you inside the program.
I have lots of tips for you and I can’t wait for you to see all the videos of the exercises.
Send me YOUR BUMP PICTURES, would be great to compare with after you have your baby….
So you can see how fabulous you will look.
I would also love to feature you and your beautiful bump.
Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to start the Fit Mom-To-Be Workout Program so you can have a really good, safe and effective pregnancy workout plan that you can do for the rest of your pregnancy.
Not Exercising & Need To Find A Way To Control Pregnancy Weight Gain?
You need a pregnancy diet plan that is easy to follow, sustainable, comforting, tasty and will help you control this weight gain that is piling on so darn fast.
If you are struggling with what to eat and different options that are SAFE for the baby and won’t make you GAIN WEIGHT, you will totally enjoy and get great use of the MMF Pregnancy Diet Plan.
- Full Meal Plan for entire pregnancy.
- Easy Recipes.
- Kid-Friendly Recipes.
- Helps reduce cravings.
- Yummy and comforting meals.
And then checkout this short video, I think it will encourage you now during your pregnancy.