Fit not Fat Pregnancy
A baby is the most wonderful blessing that parents can receive from God. Planning to have one is a big decision to make and there are important steps to be considered to ensure the baby’s health and a memorable pregnancy for the mother.
How to enjoy a fit not fat pregnancy?
Pregnant women these days have the choice to talk about their plans, fears and problems, and birth choice to a professional health provider, such as an OB or a midwife.
This includes having a fit pregnancy. As much as possible, a future mother would want to lose the pregnancy weight as soon as she gave birth. But why wait after nine months when you can know what to do today?
Fit Pregnancy and Healthy Eating
Eating for two doesn’t give a pregnant woman the license to eat any food that she likes. In fact, this is the time to be more conscious about the kind of food products that she is eating for her and for her baby.
A pregnant woman’s diet should include the five basic food groups available:
- vegetable and fruits,
- starchy foods,
- dairy products,
- eggs, meat, and fish,
- food containing fat and sugar.
Always discuss your healthy meal plan with your professional health care provider such as your OB or midwife to understand how many servings of each of the food group you need to take every day. You also need to understand how many calories you should get in order to maintain the desirable weight during pregnancy.
It is also vital that you have enough healthy fluids during pregnancy. More than 8 glasses of clean water is the ideal. Fresh fruit juices and other healthy drinks are also advisable depending on the suggestion of your OB or midwife.
Supplementary vitamins during pregnancy are given to reduce the risk of abnormalities of the foetus and to get the necessary nutrients that you and the baby need.
Fit Pregnancy and Exercise
In the past, there have been misconceptions that a pregnant woman should not move a lot or do many activities because it would endanger her and the baby. She also relies heavily on medical interventions from the hospital during childbirth and has no active participation in how a baby should be delivered.
Gone were those days. We now know that a pregnant woman should lead an active lifestyle to ensure her and the baby’s well-being. Here are some recommended activities for a pregnant woman:
- Walking. A light form of exercise yet a very effective way to increase strength and flexibility.
- Swimming. An enjoyable and relaxing exercise to strengthen muscles and improve the cardiovascular system.
- Stretching. Keeps you calm and relaxed; improves your mood and body image.
Always consult your OB or midwife before engaging in any physical activity. Choose the exercise that will:
- keep you fit and healthy all throughout the pregnancy period;
- ensure a quick and easy childbirth with less or no medical intervention;
- help you lose weight and get back in shape as soon as possible.