Eating for two is not an excuse to become overweight during pregnancy. If you see that you are gaining more weight than you should then you have all the more reason to change your lifestyle and start working out and eating better to keep your pregnancy weight gain in check.
When you are pregnant you may feel tired, timid and very heavy most of the time. It can be a struggle to exercise when you have to move with a heavy load on your tummy. There’s a simple trick you can do to keep your weight in check: Move all the time!
A new study from the Iowa State University involving 50 mothers-to-be suggests that moving around all day long can be more beneficial to your pregnancy compared to when you do just 30 minutes of workout in the gym but spend too much time seated most of the day.
The trick is to become more active. It is your overall activity levels throughout the day that count in helping to prevent excess pregnancy weight gain. This means any form of movement that you engage in for the whole day that requires you to expel even the smallest amount of physical energy but without causing undue stress to you and your baby is beneficial.
Some ways to get you moving throughout the day:
- sweeping the floor with a broom instead of using a robot sweeper
- walking the dog around the neighborhood
- walking the aisles of the supermarket for grocery shopping
- driving your other kids to school
- taking the stairs instead of the elevator
- playing in the park with your other kids
- stretching your arms out while folding laundry
- dancing while cooking dinner or washing dishes
Of course it’s great if you can be active all day and still manage to fit in a 30-minute workout in your day. In fact, study author Christina Campbell, PhD, RD, Associate Professor of Nutrition at Iowa State points out, “A woman can still exercise for 30 minutes a day (and this is great if she does), but she needs to continue being active the remaining time of the day.”“Women who move more throughout the day — and never manage to fit in that “workout” — might actually be more active overall,” Campbell adds.
The research emphasizes the need to keep active all day long for the reason that it’s very important to keep your pregnancy weight gain in check. Putting on more than the recommended 25-35 pounds from your pre-pregnancy weight can put you at risk for preeclampsia as well as set both you and your baby up for obesity in the future.