Controlling Weight Gain During Pregnancy

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The natural tendency to eat more during pregnancy arises out of the myth that a woman should eat more to feed the unborn baby as well. All pregnancies result in some amount of weight gain which is quite natural. But when the gain is more than what is actually desired the result could be a disaster after delivery. Fascination of becoming a mother gets replaced by frustration when women face hard times to loose weight gained during pregnancy.

Women tend to feel unattractive due to their bulging tummies during pregnancy.  This should not be the case and women should try and attempt to look their best during and after pregnancy. They should take the pregnancy as a matter of pride for being able to give birth and create a new human rather than feel it as a burden of bearing a child
and struggle to keep themselves fit. If you’re weight suddenly increased your back may also suffer. That is why it is recommended to get a pregnancy pillow. See this website for some tips and pregnancy pillow reviews.

There are many ways to keep the unwanted fat away during pregnancy and reduce the gained weight after

Tips for Weight Control

Normally a woman gains about 40-60 pounds during their 9 months period of pregnancy. Half of this weight increase is shed at the time of delivery. It is the other half which requires incere efforts on your part to get rid of. Unless you have the motivation and the desire to get rid of the excess weight, it is a life long struggle with the weight gained during pregnancy.

Extra efforts and dedicated exercise regime with diet control is required to bring the body back to shape. Unless extra efforts are made, it would be impossible to remove this excess burden which will keep on growing with each pregnancy and very soon you will find your self un-recognizable in front of the mirror.

The first lesson of weight control is to eat sensibly. Get a diet chart prepared by your doctor and follow it properly.  Crash dieting is not recommended for reduction of pregnancy related weight. This is not only bad for your health but also for your baby in case you are breastfeeding. Balanced diet consisting of highly nutritious food containing a lot of greens, vegetable and fruits is recommended.

High fiber content in food is also recommended as it will give you a fulfilling feeling and also prevent constipation. The second and most important lesson of weight control is a strict exercise regime during and after pregnancy. Your doctor will prescribe you safe exercises which you must do while pregnant.

A different set of exercises will be required to be done after delivery to ensure gradual loss of weight gained during pregnancy. The doctor will prescribe such exercise which is safe for you to do after the child birth based on your medical history.

The doctor will also guide you how and when to shift gears in your exercise program so that your weight loss is optimal. Along with your regular weight loss program, you can also engage in activities like swimming, yoga and walking with advice from your doctor.

8 Signs of Major Depression



Article by: Cora Newland

I apologize that this post isn’t a “feel-good” article, but as I suffered through major depression myself, it’s worth airing my private life if I can prevent even one person from going through what I did. Most people think depression is something that comes upon someone slowly, as their mood slowly slides downward over a period of months or even weeks.

I can tell you from personal experience that this is rarely the case. My “breakdown” (for lack of a better term) hit me like a brick wall and kept me from living my life for 2 years. Another misconception is that in order for someone to suffer from depression there must be some underlying reason or dark event that they’re trying to repress.

Yes, this is often true, but is not always the case. I had a wonderful childhood. I’m married to an amazing man and I have 2 beautiful and healthy children. I’d had no major traumatic events in my life, barring the usual ups and downs of day-to-day living. What I see as the cause of my depression is biting off way more than I could chew – but that’s fodder for another post.

Below are the signs I was headed for a crash – signs that I was too busy to notice:

1. Sleeping a lot more than usual

At the time I thought I was sleeping a lot due to the obvious – physical and mental exhaustion. I now realize I was sleeping as a way to escape from my life. I was so entirely overwhelmed, my brain forced me to shut down each day in the form of lots of sleep.

2. Feeling a sense of disconnect

Although I had no idea how to express what I was feeling at the time I can say now that I felt disconnected from many things in my life. First, nature. I was feeling like I never saw the light of day (which was mostly true as I drove to work in the dark and drove home in the dark). I felt like it had been a dog’s age since I’d literally stopped to smell the roses.

Second, I felt disconnected from the people I loved most in the world – my family and friends. I didn’t “feel like” spending any real time with anyone and I was losing interest in keeping contact with people. Returning a phone call seemed like a big deal to me.

3. Change in eating habits

I had always had an affinity for eating, but I was becoming obsessed with certain foods. After I crashed my cravings stopped abruptly. On the flip side, it isn’t uncommon for people to experience a loss of appetite before/during depression.

4. Loss of interest

I lost interest in reading and studying (something I had loved and still do love) because I “didn’t have time”. I remember when I just stopped studying my favorite subject which is math. I don’t even have the time to use my calculator, books, etc. I want to throw my calculator even if I know that it is the best among its class. Then, I stopped going to social gatherings because I “didn’t have the energy”. By the way, if you are majoring in math you can use this awesome calculator. This is what I am using, here is the link:

5. Not wanting to venture much outside

Although I’d never had a love affair with grocery shopping and other errands, I was putting these sorts of things off to the point that it actually started having a negative effect on my life. For example, I remember I couldn’t bring myself to go out to the mall the weeks before my husband’s birthday just to buy him a card.

6. Bursts of emotion that seem to come out of nowhere

I remember being ultra-sensitive  to what was going on around me. I was getting to be quite moody when I had always been quite laid back in the past.

7. Feeling trapped or stuck

I started believing there was no way out of the rat race I was in. I felt I had very few choices left in life and little control over what happened to me.

8. Feelings of self-blame or guilt

After my initial crash, I went to my family doctor the next day and described how I was feeling. She was very quick to diagnose me with “major depression”. I was shocked. I thought I was just stressed out from work and family obligations.

My doctor explained to me that the difference between depression and stress is when you’re stressed you blame outside factors (such as your job) and when you’re depressed you blame yourself. You may be thinking things such as, “I’m not a good parent”, or “I’m lazy”.

These are typical “depressive” thoughts.In closing I want to make sure that in reading this you know I’m not a doctor of any kind nor am I a psychologist. Do not take anything I’ve written here as medical advice. I’m only telling you what I wished I’d known before I hit that brick wall.

Although I’m now back working and living my life again to the fullest, I “lost” 2 years of my life to depression. It came without warning. Yes, I’ve listed 8 “signs” that I was headed toward a crash but I didn’t recognize them for what they were. Sure everyone feels down once in a while, but if you’re feeling a lot of what I described above, I urge you to see a professional.