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Managing your weight gain during pregnancy
Most women should gain somewhere between 25 and 35 pounds during pregnancy. Most women will gain 2 - 4 pounds during the first trimester, and 1 pound a week for the rest of the pregnancy. Through the entire pregnancy:
A balanced ,nutrient-rich diet, along with exercise, is the basis for a healthy pregnancy. For most pregnant women, the right amount of calories is:
What's Causing the Weight Gain?
Much of the weight that you gain during pregnancy is not fat, but is related to the baby. Here is a breakdown of how 35 pounds add up:
Managing Weight During Pregnancy
Some women are already overweight when they get pregnant. Other women gain weight too quickly during their pregnancy. Either way, a pregnant woman should not go on a diet or try to lose weight during pregnancy.
It is better to focus on eating the right foods and staying active. If you do not gain enough weight during pregnancy, you and your baby may have problems.
Still, you can make changes in your diet to get the nutrients you need without gaining too much weight. Talk to your doctor of midwife to get help with planning a healthy diet.
Below are some healthy eating tips should help you get started.
Foods to avoid:
Cooking at home:
Body Image During Pregnancy
If you've struggled with your weight in the past, it may be hard to accept that it's okay to gain weight now. It's normal to feel anxious as the numbers on the scale edge up.
Keep in mind that weight gain is needed for a healthy pregnancy. The extra pounds will come off after you've had the baby. On the other hand, if you gain a lot more weight than is recommended, your baby will also be bigger, which can sometimes lead to problems with delivery. A healthy diet and regular exercise are your best ways to ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Pregnancy is a time for major changes in hormones, which can affect every system in the body, including the skin. To get through your pregnancy with clear, moisturized, and healthy skin, you may need to change your regular skincare routine. Being pregnant also raises concerns for many women about topical treatments for hair removal or skin tone or wrinkles. Pregnant women can benefit from the regular use of moisturizer and sunscreen to prevent stretch marks and skin spots, but there are also several skincare regimens that are not recommended for use by pregnant women due to safety concerns for the developing baby. By reading up on the restrictions of skincare during pregnancy, you can keep your baby safe and keep your skin healthy.
It is not uncommon for women to develop new hair growth, patches of dry skin, areas of skin discoloration, and other unusual changes in their skin and hair during pregnancy, and if it presents itself on your face, you will have to act quickly to correct any problems.
Consult a dermatologist if you develop the “mask of pregnancy” (dark facial marks) or other prominent changes in your facial skin that make you feel uncomfortable or worried.
Oral retinoid medication and oral prescription acne medications such as Accutane have been linked to poor birth outcomes and should be avoided. Oral skincare pills containing salicylic acid and glycolic acid may also pose a risk to a developing baby.
Instead of taking pills to control acne or promote healthy skin, consult a physician about switching to topical creams, lotions, or serums, as there is no indication that these cause problems with fetal development. It is important to note, however, that there has been some initial research published indicating that there is cause for concern in pregnant women using retinoid creams.
Keep in mind that some make-up products may contain salicylic acid or retinoids and could potentially pose some risk to your baby. Have a dermatologist orobstetrician review the ingredients in the facial cosmetics you use most often if you are concerned about the effects of their topical application.
Use sunscreen regularly.. Topical sunscreens have very few ingredients that penetrate the skin barrier, so regular use is both safe and recommended for pregnant women.
Not only is sunscreen important for preventing skin damage, it may also be a safe and effective way to treat or prevent melasma (dark skin spots) in pregnant women.
Regular sunscreen use has the benefit of evening skin tone and preventing wrinkles, so applying sunscreen with high SPF on your face may go a long way toward replacing face creams that contain ingredients of dubious safety for your baby.
The first months after you have a baby are a busy and exhausting time. With all of a newborn’s demands, it can be difficult for Mom to find time for proper skin care. However, skin problems are not easy to hide. After delivery, hormone fluctuations can cause a variety of skin issues -- from acne to blotchy discolorations. There are a variety of ways to include both external and internal skincare in your busy schedule.
Wash away excess oil to prevent acne on your face. Cleanse your face twice a day with a mild cleanser, using your hands or a soft washcloth.
Apply a water-based moisturizer after washing if you have dry skin.
Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. This will help support liver function, as well, helping to stabilize your hormones.
Eat dark green, leafy vegetables such as broccoli, arugula, kale and spinach. These types of vegetables are full of the vitamins and minerals your skin requires to stay healthy.
Try these simple ways to lose weight post pregnancy...
Here are a few tips to lose those extra kilos and be the gorgeous mom...
Breastfeed : This is not just good for the baby but helps the new mom lose weight. Doctors believe that breastfeeding burns around 500 calories a day.
Drink lots of water : Drink at least 10 to 12 glasses of water a day. If your urine is yellow then this is a sign of dehydration. Drinking water will help refresh your body.
Balanced meals : Since you are a new mom you cannot go on a diet. But make sure that whatever you eat is healthy. A well-balanced meal should include fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products. Try sticking to only fruits and vegetables.
Workout : Don't get me wrong and go join a gym or yoga. Workout with your baby. By taking him/her for walks in a stroller or holding him/her in the baby backpack.
Eat only when you are hungry : Don't give in to the cravings for deep-fried food. And don't skip meals, just because to want that sexy figure back. Remember you are breastfeeding and the baby gets his dose of nutrients from you. Plan your meals and eat a sensible amount of calories for each meal.
Join a postnatal exercise class : Find out if there is one near your residence and join one. This is a good way to lose weight. Plus, you will get to meet and interact with other moms as well. If you are breastfeeding try to exercise after you have feed the baby.
Do not let the weight problem bog you down. Enjoy this new phase and have fun with the baby, while taking care of not eating too much
pregnancy and child birth are wonderful git from krsna, which gives us the opperturnity to become co-creater for krsna..
but there are obvious bodily and emotional changes during and after pregnancy.. those may be due to hormonal changes, coping up with new responsibility, or busy in taking care of the new member.. in any case it is a general scenario that matajis, they ignore their bodily health, as a result of which, they gain substantial amount of weight and become obese..
and when we become obese, we become lethargic, we loose enthusiasm, and we invite many diseases, we become tired soon, and lots of problem.. also there are some skin changes which can make us feel awkward, or overly focussed on that issue.. so, i have given here some practical solution to cope with the problem.. thank you..
Hare Krishna Dandavats..
I have delivered a baby girl on 25th nov 2014. Her birth weight was 2.75gm and then it reduced to 2.3gms . Currently her weight is 3.4gms. I am Thalesimia minor but currently my haemoglobin is 10.6 . I am not getting sufficient milk. Please help me. I am taking satavari , lactare, coconut etc. local doctor expressed and found that only 5ml milk is being produced. My daughter is taking Nan Pro1 60ml. please help me to increase milk as i wish to completely feed her only my milk. I would also like to know what should i add in my diet and for how long should i feed her(even when i don't get much milk) Awaiting for your reply.
Your help will be highly appreciated.