Pregnancy Weight Gain Free-For-All?

There is a wide range when it comes to healthy weight gain during pregnancy. But you often hear about celebrities gaining 50, 60 or even 70 pounds while they are with child. Should you go all out during pregnancy or try to minimize your weight gain?

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Jessica did it

Jessica Simpson recently admitted that she gained “a lot more than doctors would recommend,” while pregnant with first child Maxwell Drew. And she justified this weight gain by saying, “I was really happy to be pregnant and I didn’t ever step on the scale. I didn’t realize you could gain that much weight that quickly.”

But does being happy mean overindulging your pregnant self? While it’s fine to indulge on occasion, pregnancy doesn’t come with a pass to eat anything you want. You have to remember that not all the weight you gain is going to come out with the baby.

What’s your healthy weight gain range?

When you become pregnant, talk to your doctor about a healthy weight gain range for your body, and ask her how you should change your diet to accommodate that weight gain. Even if you are underweight and your doctor advises you to gain a large amount of weight throughout your pregnancy, she'll advise you to do it in a healthy way... not by indulging in "slutty brownies" as Jessica did!

You shouldn’t become obsessed about staying within a certain weight. But you also don’t want to go too far over (or under) the amount of weight your doctor thinks is a healthy amount for you to gain during pregnancy.

Stay fit, stay healthy

Managing your pregnancy weight gain is all about balance. Sure, go ahead and indulge that craving for lo mein for breakfast or ice cream for dinner… every now and then. But make sure you balance those naughty cravings with some healthier meal selections.

It’s also so important to maintain your exercise routine (modified for pregnancy, of course) throughout your pregnancy so long as your doctor approves it. This can help you stay fit and maintain a healthy weight gain over the next nine months. It will also make it easier to lose the weight once baby arrives.

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