Is stretch marks or weight gain what puts you off pregnancy? You can’t avoid gaining weight if you want a baby, however, unnecessary weight likely piled on because of eating fattening foods can be dealt with. Have you seen a pregnant woman looking real fat and it’s put you off having a baby for life, don’t let it. This woman might be over the normal pregnancy weight having you think this be the case for you, and as for stretch marks, severe scars can be toned down, but sadly cannot be prevented!
What some pregnant women don’t realize is most weight gain while carrying a baby shouldn’t be there. Look in the mirror and if you think you’re fatter than fat, you probably are, but don’t worry because fatness caused by bad eating is easily remedied.
Being too fat in pregnancy is not good as this goes for dieting as well. Excess weight increases the risk of high blood pressure, gestational diabetes and caesarean sections. If being too fat is dangerous and dieting to get rid of the fat is dangerous, what are you supposed to do? You eat sensibly and cut down on particular foods, but not cut out not without seeing a doctor first. A growing baby relies on nutrients for growth. So to cut these out of your diet will deprive the infant. Lack of nutrients increase the risk of a pre-term birth.
If you know you’re fatter than the anticipated normal size, don’t panic but rather see the midwife about losing weight safely.
Pregnancy Weight Chart
Baby: 8 pounds
Placenta: 2-3 pounds
Amniotic fluid: 2-3 pounds
Breast tissue: 2-3 pounds
Blood supply: 4 pounds
Stored fat for delivery and breastfeeding: 5-9 pounds
Larger uterus: 2-5 pounds
Slow weight gain: Fast food is tasty and convenient, but also fattening. Expect nothing less than to pile on the weight if you over indulge. It’s always hard to resist something you enjoy, but think of the baby. Get strict with a fast food menu, either throw it away or opt for healthier foods listed.
Reduce calories by using skimmed milk instead of full fat. Low-fat or fat-free cheese and yogurt will keep the weight down.
Too many sugary drinks whether pregnant or not is unhealthy. Kill two birds with one stone and cut down on sweet soda to reduce calories, while at the same time reducing the risk of tooth decay.
Be wary of salt. For some it’s a struggle to eat celery egg or tomato without salt, but because salt retains water in the body, use less. Sprinkle salt rather than pickle food with it.
Say no to cakes and biscuits, especially if you’re trying to keep the weight off. These have a lot of calories and little nutrition. Satisfy cravings for sweet stuff and eat fruit or low-fat yogurt.
Use fats in moderation or opt for lower-fat alternatives.
Bake and grill before frying in butter or roasting in oil. Keep pregnancy weight normal by discarding the frying pan and roasting dish.
Safe exercise guaranteed to help burn calories for pregnant women is swimming, nonetheless check with a doctor.
Stretch marks appear as cracks in the skin caused by the breaking down of skin’s connective tissue in deep skin layer (dermis) due to loss of collagen and elastin. Some women are fortunate and escape the woes of belly scarring, while some ain’t so lucky. Stretch marks are normally reddish or purple raised lines (caused by micro blood vessels breaking up and bleeding) which gradually fade. Some fading is not enough though, and although faint, still visible and ugly.
Help prevent stretch marks by improving skin’s elasticity. Cream containing cocoa butter, vitamin E or sweet almond oil, massage on stomach skin. Doing this helps stop skin drying out and becoming itchy.
Nutrients are vital for a developing baby and moms skin. A healthy diet not only provides goodness, it makes weight gain easier to manage allowing skin to stretch gradually.
Moisturize the skin with cream created for stretch mark prevention. Doing this also feeds skin as well as keeping it supple. Purposely formulated stretch mark cream improves collagen production and supports the dermis, keeping skin intact despite harsh stretching.
To maintain skin’s elasticity drink plenty of water.
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc and Silica help prevent stretch marks.