What happens if you're overweight, become pregnant and are not the healthiest eater? Well, for starters, you're not just thinking about yourself anymore. You now have to think and eat for two.
Momlogic's OB/GYN Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz's advice for expecting moms is that pregnancy is a great opportunity to get healthy and take care of yourself, but not to "diet."
Dr. Lenz says: Many women are motivated to change their lifestyle once they become pregnant and though this is best accomplished prior to pregnancy, it is never too late. Losing fat should not be the goal, but eating differently by removing processed foods and replacing with whole, balanced foods, favoring local, organic farmers if at all possible -- will probably result in weight stabilization, if not even modest weight loss. Working with a nutritionist and ignoring all that info about taking in 300 extra calories a day while pregnant is advisable. Eat for nutrition and hunger, but NOT for emotional reasons. Although, it's still important to enjoy yourself. Eating is a very complex behavior. Get support while attempting to get healthy, don't harshly judge yourself and be realistic.
Consciously approaching the subject is the most important thing here. Viewing pregnancy as a time of growth, transition and healing can really take the stress off women during this time. Practicing some sort of self love may sound hokey, but needs to happen. When we nourish ourselves (and this does not need to be with chocolate) and maintain our senses of humor, we nourish our babies and make much better moms. We are also a heck of a lot more pleasant to be around.
If you enjoy exercise and being active that doesn't mean you have to stop, but you do need to be cautious. No exercise should be done without a doctors approval and if you experience any discomfort you should stop immediately and contact your primary doctor.