It must be the hormones. For the first two trimesters of my pregnancy, I have been really watching my weight. Now that I’m about to enter my third trimester, I feel so sluggish and I don’t really get to weigh myself anymore. I don’t know if I’m gaining weight already. I better weigh myself tomorrow.
With this, I thought of coming up with an article to discuss weight maintenance during pregnancy. Hopefully, if I remind myself of what I have been doing for the past months, this would motivate me to continue doing what I have been doing. This would also help you out in defining and following practical tips while pregnant.
I’m just a normal gal. I started with a weight of 133 pounds. I am 5 feet 4 inches tall, so here in the Philippines, you could consider my weight ‘normal’. I’m was not too thin nor was I too fat. With the pregnancy, I am expected to gain only 25-35 pounds. That would make me 158 to 168 pounds. Eeeeek! I have never been that heavy, but being pregnant is indeed a blessing, so I won’t complain!
For those who have been monitoring my blogs, I have been giving you updates on Baby PA and that includes updates on my weight. Last November 27, 2012, I weighed 154 already. That gives me a total of 22 pounds gained already (23 weeks and 4 days). My next check up is on Dec. 21, 2 weeks from now and I shouldn’t weigh more than 158 pounds. Tsk tsk! I hope I can make it. The biggest gain was actually during the first trimester. I wasn’t supposed to gain weight but unfortunately, I just came from a diet. Well, I can say that I have pretty been able to control my weight gain during the second trimester. Here are some tips from my actual experience:
1. I weigh every day or every other day.
Weighing makes you conscious of the pounds that you have gained so far. I make it a point to monitor and have a “target weight” by my next check up. I try to monitor my weight as frequently as possible to achieve this target weight.
2. I make it a point to drink 8 glasses of water.
I know that a lot of you hear about this over and over again, but it really is true. I know of a few pregnant moms who have told me that they have already felt bloated during the second trimester. They could already feel the water retention or “pagmamanas”. I hardly experience this, and I think it’s because I love water.
3. Try to eat at regular hours of the day and don’t over eat.
My schedule in the morning is I wake up at 8:00 am. I drink a cup of hot milk, and then at 9:00 am, I take my breakfast. My breakfast is usually this.
This is scrambled egg with mushrooms, thoroughly cooked shrimp, bell pepper and onions. I usually don’t change my breakfast, since this is the meal that I can control. But if I do get tired of it, I sometimes go with a two slices of whole wheat bread with peanut butter.
For dinner, I try to eat a light, well balanced meal. I try to avoid anything that has sugar in the evening. I only see to it that I eat a half cup of brown rice or whole wheat pasta if ever.
4. Movement is key!
During the first trimester and the beginning of the second trimester, I wasn’t allowed to move (due to spotting). When I got the doctor’s go signal, I made it a point to walk at least 30 minutes a day and I gradually got to increase it during this trimester. I now walk 3 miles on the treadmill with a speed of 3 miles per hour. I know that’s slow for a few and you may feel lazy and bored, but you will find out that this speed is just right. If you feel any pain, just lessen the speed until you feel comfortable again. That’s what I do. Try to exercise at least thrice a week.
5. Never ever use the assumption that you are eating for two!
Friends tell me “okay lang yan (it’s okay), you’re eating for two anyway!”, but try not to use this as a justification for eating a whole lot more. Gaining more than what is expected of you can complicate your delivery. Just eat the right kind of food and you will be okay.
Do you have other advise that you would like to share? Was their anything that you did during your pregnancy that helped you stay on track, in terms of weight? I’d love to hear about it.