Friday, July 19th, 2013
Put down that bag of chips and step away from those cookies! Being pregnant means having constant food cravings that we can’t control. Some women need sweets (I sent my husband on plenty of ice cream and donut runs). Others hunger for spicy (I ate Mexican and Indian food all the time!) or tart (I suddenly wanted salt and vinegar potato chips after never eating them before in my life).
But no matter what your craving(s), all pregnant women like to feed into the old saying, “I’m eating for two”. But the truth is, if you’re a healthy weight you are only supposed to have an extra 300 calories a day while pregnant (or the equivalent of a turkey sandwich). While I fully believe hormones are the little devils on our shoulders who make us gorge ourselves on goodies, most of us use the excuse of being pregnant to indulge in every last culinary whim (guilty as charged!). Jennifer Love Hewitt is no different. She recently confessed that being knocked up has amplified her already large sweet tooth. So instead of savoring one delicious cupcake, she chows down on three at a time!
I’m sure that sounds like total bliss to you right about now! Not to steal the cherry off of your sundae, but new research out of the University of Alberta reveals that excessive weight gain during the first half of pregnancy means bigger, fatter, longer babies with more body fat. The simple translation: Ouch! Those babies are going to be a lot harder to get out, and can lead to lengthier labors and more medical interventions, like c-sections.
No one wants the food police knocking down their door, and this is not intended to make you feel guilty about any past or future snacking indiscretions (we’re all human!), but it is food for thought. What would you rather have: a mound of delicious homemade chocolate-chip cookies or a quicker, easier birth with less pain and less complications? For me the answer is a piece of cake (not literally!).
TELL US: Are you trying to curb your cravings? What are your favorite healthy snacks?
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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
If a new study out of Australia is true, pregnant women everywhere—and their offspring—are in deep trouble! According to the findings, moms who eat junk food while pregnant or breastfeeding have already turned their babies into junk food addicts, jonesing for fat and sugar before they can even ask for it.
I know what you’re thinking: I thought I was supposed to be eating for two? Sadly, when you’re pregnant, you only need an extra 150 to 200 calories a day in the first trimester (the equivalent of a 6 oz. low-fat yogurt) and 300 calories a day in the second and third (about half a sandwich and a glass of skim milk).
Whether you’re craving something sweet, sour, or tart, you’re not alone! Even celebrities, can’t resist cheating on their usually-strict diets. How could we forget Jessica Simpson’s “Slutty Brownies,” the super-decadent splurge she gave into with her first pregnancy— before she joined Weight Watchers.
Confession time: I, too, had severe pregnancy cravings. Besides healthy fruits, I wanted chocolate, ice cream, and donuts (which I normally never ate)! And I needed vinegar on everything—balsamic vinegar on salads and vegetables and salt and vinegar potato chips (another thing I never ate until I was pregnant, but that pregnancy craving seems to have lingered post-baby. Oops!).
While the occasional indulgence is fine (mmm…a chocolate chip cookie), researchers warn that a mom’s overly-active pregnancy cravings can cause overeating, food addiction and obesity in your unborn child. Like we need more things to feel guilty about before the baby’s even born!
The good news is that research also shows that many of the long-term health problems associated with junk food addictions can be avoided if the child has a healthy diet once weaned from a junk-food junkie mom. Though the predisposition for loving sweets and fatty foods will always be there for the child, a healthy body weight can be maintained through proper diet and exercise. So if you’re going to have that extra scoop of Ben & Jerry’s Red Velvet Cake ice cream, be prepared to be active with your family, and to show your child that veggies can be yummy too!
Tell us what you think: What food cravings are you having? Do you believe eating junk food while pregnant can cause your child to be a junk food addict? Leave your comments below.
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