By now you’ve heard every piece of advice in the book when it comes to your prenatal nutrition regimen. You’ve heard the good, the bad, and the down right crazy. You’re number one priority is keeping yourself in the healthiest place you can for your baby both mentally and physically. With all of the conflicting advice how are you supposed to know which to take? Below we laid out some of the most common questions we receive and our responses.
How many extra calories should you consume?
The general rule of thumb is that your calorie intake should increase by about 300 calories your first trimester, 350 calories your second trimester, and 500 calories by the end of your pregnancy. They should be consumed through lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Pregnancy isn’t a free pass to gorge on the dessert bar every night; however indulging in the occasional craving is perfectly healthy!
Is exercise safe during pregnancy?
Although you might need to tweak your exercise regimen a bit to accommodate your growing tummy, you shouldn’t stop exercising or to drastically change you current program. Low impact running, power walking, and prenatal yoga are all great ways to stay in shape during pregnancy. If you’re new to exercise, start slowly and listen to your body. It might be a good idea to train with a prenatal fitness professional.
What about the little things?
Being pregnant can be exhausting. Make sure to keep your energy levels high by taking care of your body in the little ways that sometimes get swept aside. Try and get between 6-8 hours of sleep every night, take your prenatal vitamins as directed, and remember to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day during your pregnancy.
As always, talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet for both prenatal and post natal fitness routines to explore what will work best for your lifestyle during and after pregnancy.