"Why I Didn't Pile on the Pounds"
Inspiration from former preggos who kept the pudge away:
"I ate smaller meals more often to keep my blood sugar level. I also made it a habit to down an egg a day -- protein gave me energy. I was back to my original weight in three months!"
-- Kelly Parthen; Colorado Springs, Colorado
"I kept on weight lifting three to five days per week while I was pregnant, like I'd always done, adjusting the workout with each trimester."
-- Mara Wyttenbach; Madison, Wisconsin
"I weighed myself at home to stay on target. I didn't want to suffer shock at the doctor's! I was aware without being obsessed."
-- Emily Hill; Sandy, Utah
"I found a web support group for women who want to exercise and eat right while pregnant. We usually posted what we ate every day. It kept us responsible and reminded me that not everyone eats junk food during pregnancy!"
-- Asheley Bonney; Downington, Pennsylvania
"Doing the elliptical machine gave me additional energy throughout the day, helped me sleep better at night, and limited my weight gain."
-- Robin LaSure; Roswell, Georgia
"I always kept this thought in the back of my mind: Think of the child growing inside of you. Does the baby really need to have those deep-fried mozzarella sticks?"
-- Melissa Puppos; Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
Originally published in the October 2011 issue of American Baby magazine.
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