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Most doctors will tell you not to diet while pregnant. But it is not a bad time to control what you are eating. However, I’ve known people who have lost weight during their pregnancies because of better eating habits. Some sites have a pregnancy meal plan so that you get the right nutrition and don’t gain unnecessary weight. Following a good meal plan, you will be able to gain only the pregnancy weight (baby, extra fluid, placenta, breast tissue increase) that usually is lost right away after birth.
The weight gain during pregnancy is a normal and healthy occurrence, providing the nutrients the baby needs in order to grow. Even if you are overweight and become pregnant, you will still need to gain some weight; your body and developing child have specific nutritional needs that requires to be met. If you diet, you risk developing nutritional deficiencies to your baby.
According to one mom I know:
I ate healthy foods as possible! Minimal carbohydrates (one serving aka 15grams and had maybe two per meal and one at snacks) lots of fresh foods only, if I wanted a big greasy burger I made it myself instead of burger king and such, lots of fiber, low fat dairy, and lean proteins made me lose 40 pounds throughout my pregnancy! I didn’t gain ANYTHING just lost! My physician was actually happy since I started overweight already and my baby was seven pounds and he was healthy as can be, I exercised as much as I could (prenatal workouts, long steady walks – since we walk slower now! And using dumbbells for arms only-biceps/triceps not a big workout) I didn’t strain or stress myself if I was tired I slept instead of working out and one thing that made a major difference was I drank ONLY water and low fat milk! I was amazed and it helps you lose weight too after the baby is born! (I limited junk food to one serving per day of whatever I wanted to limit sugar baby was getting)
Pregnancy Without Weight is a good survival guide to fitness and nutrition during pregnancy from the non-exerciser to the athlete.
Learn more about pregnancy weight gain at the book’s support site.