Pregnant women seem overwhelmed by the idea of putting on weight. As a dietitian and mother of two young boys, I recommend that you “let go of the numbers”. Put your scale away and let your doctor, midwife, and appetite be your guide.
Of course it’s important that you eat nourishing foods during pregnancy; but, how much weight you gain or don’t gain should take much less of your attention. You need to trust your ability to apply common sense without checking in on the scale and know that your body’s cues will guide you on what to eat and how much.
Listen to how you feel. Eat when you are hungry, and in amounts that make you feel your best. And when it comes to making nourishing choices you don’t need a dietitian to tell you that organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains are what you should reach for most of the time (or at least when the first trimester nausea subsides).
So, when you weigh in at your check-up turn your back to the scale and have faith that your doctor will advise you on how to have a healthy pregnancy.
Tara DelloIacono-Thies RD
Chief Nutrition Strategist at Clif Bar & Company, makers of LUNA Bar