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Eating for Two Is Not a Good Idea.

December 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Health & Wellness, News, Opinion, Weekly Columns

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( Its important to do everything you can to ensure a healthy pregnancy. In addition to staying as stress free as possible, and exercising regularly, many women need to intake more calories to accommodate for the extra person on the inside. The problem is if not careful this is can lead to unhealthy indulging that can cause complications later in your pregnancy. Over eating is rather common pregnancy as the notion is you are eating for two. It is understood this isn’t the time to go on a diet, but don’t defeat the act of going to the gym by binging on unhealthy foods.

Many doctors are dispelling the myth of “eating for two”. “Because your body is gaining weight, it’s logical to buy in to the concept of eating for two. After all, if you’re going to gain weight anyway, you might as well enjoy yourself, right? Researchers from the University of Alberta are attempting to dispel the myth of “eating for two” – in fact, it’s more like eating for 1.2!

Researchers found that more than 60 percent of pregnant mothers gain more weight than is recommended, partially because of the “eat for two” notion.” Overeating can lead to gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and other complications. It is not wise to allow your craving to take over. There is a healthy weight gain that happens in pregnancy, but too many women are experiencing extra weight as they indulge every craving. Keeping ones carbs to a minimum while eating proteins, fruits, vegetables an lots of water can keep you on track for a healthy pregnancy.

“According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, an increase in calorie consumption during pregnancy is necessary, but far less than many women think. Calorie counts are dependent on the average weight before pregnancy and how much physical activity a pregnant mom is getting, but generally should be around 2,200 to 2,900 per day. A gradual increase in calories is ideal – 300 additional calories during the second trimester and 450 during the third (oh, and by the way, you don’t need any additional calories during your first trimester!) More important than calories, though, is a balance of the right type of vitamins and nutrients you get from foods.” Your baby is going to take from your body what it needs to grow. You must focus on keeping yourself healthy, and eating a balanced diet to keep you going.

Going to the gym will seem impossible if you are felling tired, and sluggish, beyond the scope of your pregnancy. Its hard to stay active when your food isn’t able to fuel your body properly. Remember its important to be good to your body while pregnant for your baby, and for your ability to have the energy you need for a new baby after the delivery. Everything you are doing now will affect your delivery, and post delivery phases. Don’t work out in vain due to your food choices. Eat for one, and allow everything you are doing to maintain a healthy pregnancy to come together in your favor.

Staff Writer; Christian Starr

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