Worried About Weight?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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Many women worry that they’ll gain weight when they quit smoking. You may also be concerned about gaining too much weight while you’re pregnant. Get the skinny on weight gain during pregnancy:

  • Gaining weight is a normal and expected part of a healthy pregnancy. Gaining weight during pregnancy is important to your health and your baby’s health.
  • There is no one-size-fits-all approach to weight gain during pregnancy. How much weight you need to gain depends on many things, including your pre-pregnancy weight, body mass index (BMI), and overall health. Talk to your doctor or health care provider to figure out how much weight gain is right for you.
  • After you quit smoking, you might find your food beginning to smell and taste better. You might enjoy your food more. But eating for two doesn’t mean eating twice as much as usual.
  • An extra 300 calories a day might be enough to help you meet your weight gain goals. That’s about half a sandwich and a glass of skim milk, or a small container of yogurt and a handful of nuts.
  • Try to choose snacks that are packed with nutrients rather than adding calories with junk foods. For instance, eating a slice of fruit instead of a cookie. 
  • Eating more frequent but smaller meals may help you manage your weight during pregnancy. Changing your eating pattern also could help keep your blood sugar in check and help you to deal with morning (or all-day) sickness that you experience during pregnancy.

Talk to your doctor or health care professional about any concerns you might have about gaining weight during pregnancy or when you’re trying to quit smoking.

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