Dealing with Preggo cravings – the healthy way!

 

33 Weeks Pregnant….. and yeah, I’ve gained some weight (as I should!)

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Please excuse the un-made bed, lol.

So, like I was saying. I’ve gained about 25 lbs at this point. During pregnancy, the minimum weight you are supposed to gain is 25 lbs. If you start out obese or even overweight, that number is smaller.

I’m sure I’ll be heavier by the time this lil guy is born…and that’s 100% ok with me. Pregnancy isn’t the time to freak out about weight gain!

Part of the reason I feel so good though, is that I know I’m doing things healthfully. SOO many women use pregnancy as an excuse to eat whatever the hell they want, and sit on their ever-expanding butts.

I know that I’m doing the opposite of a lot of people and focusing on eating healthy foods and staying as active as possible.

First of all, I’m giving baby boy the high quality foods and nutrients he needs to be born healthy and strong…I’m literally giving him a head-start on life! I would feel terrible if my baby was only being fed crap food.

That being said, if I’m craving a popsicle, or some cinnamon jolly ranchers, or perhaps some Sprees candy dipped in peanut butter (WTF!?) …I’ll have some!

The difference between healthy weight gain and unhealthy weight gain is whether or not you make crap foods the center of your diet. In moderation, it’s totally ok! Don’t beat yourself up.

If you make eating healthy a way of life, you’ll find that your body starts to really crave those healthy foods! I swear I literally CRAVE fruit like some people crave chocolate.

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Treats from the La Jolla Farmer’s Market. Garlic for the man, coconut/mango slices with chile and chamoy for moi! SO YUMMY.

And, if you find yourself to be a bottomless pit of hunger…and you know that you are eating the amount of calories your body needs, but you STILL feel hungry…fill up on water-rich foods!

* Watermelon (super amazing…plain, or with lime and salt, or frozen…mmm)

*Apples

* Baby Carrots

* Sugar Snap Peas

* Berries

* Pears

* Greens

* Jicama

* Radishes

* Low sugar popsicles

Just to name a few! These foods will help you stay hydrated and feeling satiated, when you feel like you could eat your weight in food.

By the way….. your body really only needs about 300 extra calories on top of its normal requirements per day. And even that doesn’t need to start until your second or even third trimester.

You will find that exercise is sooo amazing during pregnancy, for many many reasons (That’s a whole ‘nother post)…

But seriously, for dealing with moods, feeling puffy, back pain, etc…it’s a miracle.

Just stay safe, and as you progress in your pregnancy listen to your body.

My first trimester, when I wasn’t feeling horrifically nauseous, I was still able to keep up my normal workouts, maybe getting tired sooner but nothing drastic.

Second trimester, I felt awesome with weights and moderate cardio, but nothing bouncy like running.

Now I’m in my third trimester, and I’m having some real issues with lightheaded-ness and back pain, so I’ve backed off everything except walking outdoors and stretching.

It used to be that doctors advised against your heart rate raising past 140 bpm, but now that has been changed. Just clear it with your doctor before exercising, and listen to your body.

There’s a scale that measures your Perceived Rate of Exertion, it goes from 1-10. 1 would be sitting on the couch watching Desperate Housewives, 10 would be running from a lion.

Keep towards the lower/moderate end of that scale. The most important thing is to keep your core temperature from becoming too elevated. So take time to warm up, cool down, and drink lots and lots of water.

Don’t feel bad if your workouts seem “lame” compared to what you normally do! You are literally making  a baby…it’s exhausting. Just staying in the habit of keeping active, even with the most mild exercise, is extremely important and will help you bounce back much quicker once you have the baby. I have a LOT more to say on this topic, but I’m gonna leave it here for now.

Time to go eat MORE watermelon. Mmmm.

 

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