Week 7: Transition, Pregnancy Weight Gain

I’m delving into some issues here.

Pregnancy weight gain.

Transition.

Morning Sickness food confessions.

‘Cause life’s real, girls.  Ain’t nobody got time for fake fluff talk.

Here’s a link to an article with a little history and current info on pregnancy weight gain.  Though I am not a physician, I am personally challenging the current recommendations and seeing how a plant-based diet affects weight gain.  By eliminating (at least 95%) from my diet

  1. refined oils
  2. highly processed foods
  3. high sodium
  4. processed/refined sugar

my hypothesis is that a nutrient-rich diet will result in healthy weight gain and fetal development and not excessive fat that is a burden to my body, endangering my pregnancy or making the post-baby body transition a herculean feat.  (How’s that for a run-on sentence, Mrs. Foster?)

But the point is,

Don’t be neurotic.  Just be dedicated to being as healthy as you can be for yourself and your baby.

A Loving Warning:  Body image is no joke.  It can really screw with our heads.  And as much as we may feel pressure to either 1) not look pregnant for as long as possible or 2) look as pregnant as possible immediately, neither are healthy mindsets.  I know a precious lady who was very dedicated to keeping a svelte figure at all times.  Even while pregnant she would run and workout obsessively.  And when I say obsessively, I mean 4 to 6 non-stop hours of hard physical training.  She ate minimally.  Perhaps there is no correlation, but me thinks it certainly had to do with all three pregnancies resulting in emergency deliveries at 20-30 weeks.  Trying NOT to gain any weight or as minimal as possible is unhealthy for you and your beautiful baby.

When you’re hungry, eat.  When you feel nauseated, have a little something soothing.  Eating to live instead of living to eat is a major mindset shift that I am trying to adopt -and it ain’t easy in our culture that surrounds itself with food for every occasion.  I mean, really, do we need to be snacking on the couch right after dinner?  Didn’t we just eat?  And we’re snacking just because that’s what you do when you watch a movie?  (A little insight on my internal struggle as a movie lover.) But I can do it.  And you can do it.  And I am so thankful for a plant-based, nutrient rich diet to provide me and my baby exactly what we need for optimal health.

 

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