Plus size women are expert dieters. From the popular Weight Watchers to the undesirable cabbage diet, odds are we have tired it or at least know about it. During pregnancy, it can be really confusing to hear a care provider tell us to not gain more than 15 – 25 lbs when society tells us we get to eat for two. So you might be wondering, what’s the best plus size pregnancy diet?
I hate to break it to you, but there isn’t one because diets don’t work! They might work for a few weeks, maybe even a few months, but statistically people will gain back everything they lose and pack on even more weight than when they started. Dieting during prenancy is dangerous. Restricting calories can restrict your baby’s growth. Eating for two during pregnancy also has undesirable results.
Here are 3 tips for
dieting eating healthy during pregnancy.
1. Stay away from processed foods. If it comes in a bag or a box try to avoid it and eat as clean as possible. Think about how you’ll be feeding your love bug as they grow. Lots of fresh fruit, veggies, and protein.
2. Listen to your cravings! If you’re eating whole fresh foods this amazing thing happens – fruit tastes like candy! Trust me, it does. With that said, there are times when mama needs chocolate or the stereotypical pickles and ice cream. It’s perfectly okay to give into cravings, just reach for a bite size rather than king size Snickers. Moderation is key.
3. Meet with a nutritional counselor. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that obese pregnant women seek nutritional counseling. They’re right but the recommendation comes across like big brother telling you what to do. So let me share with you that meeting with a nutritionist during pregnancy is….awesome! A nutritionist will help you to come up with a food plan that meets your lifestyle and dietary needs. They are there to help you, not to be a bully. Brooke Seiz, a nutrition therapist with New Life Nutrition and Yoga, will share some tips below.
If your insurance doesn’t cover a nutritionist or if this isn’t appealing to you, then consider tracking your food on a site like Babyfit (by SparkPeople). You’ll be able keep a tab on how many calories you’re consuming and make sure you’re getting the extra protein your baby needs. Also, make sure you’re working with a size friendly healthcare provider who believes in your body’s ability to have a healthy pregnancy.
By doing all you can to eat healthy and remain physically active, your body will gain the appropriate weight it needs to grow a baby. If we can change our relationship with food during pregnancy then these new habits can potentially last a lifetime.
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