It definitely is a challenge trying to control calorie intake while pregnant, considering the strong cravings, fatigue, less will power and even feeling a bit entitled to that slice of cake (our body is doing so much work don't we deserve to treat it??), unfortunately that's not the case. Occasional treating is of course acceptable within reason and often times if the craving is too strong to handle- cave in; your body and baby may very well be asking for a certain nutrient which makes that craving so strong, but it is important to learn to differentiate between that and just craving anything because you're hungry. There are also smarter ways to curb empty calories to satisfy cravings such as a fresh juice instead of a soda, a piece of fruit instead of ice-cream- it's not the same but your body and baby will thank you for it.
The saying ''eating for two'' is also one that we need to address, while it may sound like a free pass to the all you can eat buffet, it is sadly a myth. A pregnant mama only really needs to increase her daily calorific intake by about 300 kcal, which is not a significant increase. Following the ''eating for two'' presumption will only lead to excessive weight gain which in turn can increase your risk of gestational diabetes (bad for mama and baby), backache, high blood pressure, preeclampsia, deep vein thrombosis and even needing a caesarean birth due to a large bubba, not to mention the aesthetic downfalls which most mammas worry about like severe overstretching of the skin leading to stretch marks and loose belly skin post partum (while this is at times unavoidable, too much weight gain can make it worse).
That being said, it is important to keep our control for the sake of our health and our little bundle of joys health- but we shouldn't sway the other direction either by gaining too little weight which can lead to low birth weight, premature labour, and developmental delays. So keep a nice and healthy balance, and don't be too hard on yourself if you have gained a little too much or too little so far, Its never too late! Just irradiate some of those habits and you'll be on the right track, also speak to your OBGYN for some help and advice to help get you and keep you on the right track and to monitor your progress :)
Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy from the TotalPrecon team! :)
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