If you're overweight, pregnancy can be challenging because you?re prone to complications such as gestational diabetes -- especially if you gain too much. But don't fear! We've got simple and easy ideas to help keep you on track.
Stick to breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks. Take in 1,800 to 2,400 calories a day (which may be less than what you're eating now). Erratic eating habits often contribute to weight gain.
You can consult the diary, along with your doctor or nutritionist, to see what modifications to make (such as reducing portion size) if you're gaining too much or not gaining enough.
These are packed with calories. Drink only nonfat milk, water, or unsweetened beverages.
Keep in mind that weight gain doesn't have to start until the second trimester. Then you should gain only two to three pounds a month -- 15 to 20 pounds total.
Even just walking, for at least 15 minutes a day, can make a difference.
Choose complex carbohydrates, such as whole-grain breads and cereals, fruits, and vegetables.
Try a mini whole-wheat bagel with peanut butter.
Staying hydrated will curb your appetite and help you eat less.
High-fiber cereal and whole grains will fill you up.
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