Staying fit and healthy during your pregnancy has long-term benefits for you and your baby. Measured activity and healthy eating will help you adapt to changes in your body and help you ensure that you’re physically and mentally fit for labor and motherhood.

Let’s take a closer look at how to stay fit during your pregnancy.

Managing weight during pregnancy

All women experience changes in weight differently while pregnant; some women gain weight quickly, while others experience a gradual increase. Regardless of what your situation, don’t try to lose weight while pregnant.

The focus should be on staying active and eating the right foods. A healthy diet will help you and the baby get essential nutrients without you gaining excessive weight.

Healthy foods include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain foods, and dairy products. Avoid foods and drinks that have added sugar, artificial sweeteners, or corn syrup in them. You should also watch out for junk-food snacks, such as candy, cookies, chocolate, chips, and ice cream. A great way to avoid these is by not having any in the house.

Exercising During Pregnancy

The CDC recommends that women within a healthy weight range should expect to gain 25 to 35 pounds (11.5 to 16 kg) when pregnant with one child. To maintain fitness and ensure you stay within recommended guidelines, moderate exercise of 150 minutes every week should help strengthen your muscles and keep you fit.

First trimester

During the first trimester, many people experience nausea and dizziness as the body adapts to many changes. Many women find it hard to exercise during this time, and that’s okay. You can reduce or stop your regular exercise routine until you feel better. Walking and stationary cycling are recommended during this time.

Second trimester

By the second trimester, most women recover from morning sickness and are able to enjoy exercise without the symptoms of nausea. Low-impact aerobics and strength training can be incorporated into your exercise regimen at this point.

Third trimester

Exercising with a baby bump might be difficult or awkward during this time. Swimming is a good option, as it helps support the baby weight and adds resistance.

a young woman swimming with an inflatable tube in the pool

Losing the Baby Weight After Pregnancy

Even when maintaining a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy, many women struggle to lose excess ‘baby weight’ after pregnancy. Hectic schedules and a demanding lifestyle make it easy to slip up and go back to old habits.

Some women go to extreme measures to lose weight, such as crash dieting and skipping meals. This strategy is highly unsafe and can lead to several issues, such as fatigue, headaches, a weakened immune system, and even cardiac stress.

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