Pregnancy and Your Body
What can I do to not feel fat or big while pregnant?
The way in which pregnancy effects a woman's body image varies
greatly from person to person. Some women feel as if they have never
been more beautiful, while others spend most of their pregnancy
feeling overweight and uncomfortable. For some women pregnancy is
a relief from worrying about weight, whereas for others it only
exacerbates their fears of weight gain.
Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise program during pregnancy can
help a woman also maintain her self-esteem. Regaining muscle tone
and losing weight after childbirth is also easier for those women who
stayed active throughout their pregnancy. Unless a woman is
experiencing complications with the progression of her pregnancy it is
perfectly safe for her to continue an exercise program, with some
adjustments like avoiding sports where she can easily fall. Pregnant
women should not work out as hard as they might have before
Exercise is important to the maintenance of both a healthy body image
and a healthy body. Remaining active can lessen feelings of
depression, stress and isolation. It is a good means to relieving some
of the worry over weight gain, and maintaining muscle and
cardiovascular strength. It is important to keep in mind though that the
physical changes of pregnancy were gradual and so will be any weight
loss after childbirth. It is not safe nor is it effective in the long term to
lose more than a pound a half a week. It also may be difficult at first to
find the time and the energy to exercise. For this reason any exercise
program should be viewed as a stress reliever and not as an additional
thing to fit into an already busy schedule. Try choosing an exercise
where you can bring your baby with you, like walking at a fast pace.
You might also consider investing in home equipment like a treadmill
so that you can fit exercise in while the baby naps.