Managing your weight during pregnancy can be tough but it is important you maintain a healthy weight for both your health and that of your baby’s. Here are five really simple ways to stay in control of your weight gain.
Exercise is hugely important when you are pregnant, to stay fit and healthy. It also helps you to stay in control of your weight. 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as walking or swimming five times a week is all you need to stay fit.
Manage your cravings
Sometimes cravings get the better of you and you simply must have that packet of crisps or that giant burger. However, try to manage what you eat and if possible substitute your cravings with something a little healthier.
Don’t eat for two
You don’t need to eat for two, by slightly upping your food intake and ensuring you're getting enough vitamins and minerals for both you and your baby should be enough. Every expectant mother is different so always talk to your doctor about your food and nutrient requirements to help keep both you and baby happy and healthy.
Fruits and veggies
Fruits and vegetables are a great source of fibre and essential vitamins. They are also usually low in fats, filling and help your iron to work more efficiently to build baby’s tissue. Make sure you consume at least five portions of fruit and veg a day.
What to avoid
Try to avoid fizzy drinks that are usually high in calories and consume water when thirsty. Don’t add salt to your meals, avoid fast food  and don’t overindulge in sweets and crisps. Keep high fat foods to a minimum, especially during cooking and try to grill, boil or bake instead of frying.
These really simple tips will help you maintain a healthy weight for both you and baby.