Many of my clients are those on their second and third pregnancies trying not to repeat the weight gain of the first time.
- “I thought I would use this as an excuse to finally eat whatever I wanted”
- “ I went crazy and ate lots of desserts”
- “I gained 60 pounds and it was nightmare to get off”
- “I looked at pregnancy as a break from my perpetual diet”
It boils down to this: during the first trimester you only need 100 calories per day more – that’s a glass of milk or a banana – not much.
For the remaining trimester it’s approximately 300 calories additional calories per day, which means an extra snack – an apple with 2 tbsp. of natural peanut butter.
This does not equate to a hot fudge sundae every night, or an extra serving of food at lunch or dinner.
Save yourself the pain of having to lose so much weight afterward. Respond to your hunger and satiation and be mindful of the nutrients you need during pregnancy – think of what you want your body to feel like after the baby.