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Keeping a Beautiful Figure Throughout Pregnancy

Updated on October 19, 2012

While pregnancy brings a wide range of trials and challenges, perhaps none weighs more heavily on the mind of women than the weight gain that comes with carrying a child. While doctors advise us that it's perfectly healthy to gain weight during pregnancy, it's rare to find anyone who doesn't dread struggling to lose the post-pregnancy baby weight (no matter how much fun it can be gaining those pounds).

Fortunately, you're not alone. If you're trying to lose weight for pregnancy or drop the extra pounds once you've given birth you'll find a wide range of helpful guides and diet plans to help make dropping the weight as painless as possible. So, let's take a look at a few simple tips for staying slim, healthy and attractive both during and after your pregnancy.

How to Maintain Weight During Pregnancy

Maintaining a healthy weight during pregnancy can be a balancing act. Of course you don't want to gain too much, but you know that good nutrition is important for the healthy development of your child. Starving yourself throughout your pregnancy can lead to serious health problems that can impact both the physical and mental development of your child.

The most important point, though, is to make sure you take in enough calories to sustain the correct level of development. Whether those calories come from ice cream or fresh fruit is your choice.

Your baby needs certain nutrients to develop properly, and the best way to provide them is through a healthy, balanced diet. Lots of fruits and vegetables, healthy portions of lean meat and the occasional treat will offer the best for both you and your baby.

More important than diet, though, is the level of activity you keep up during your pregnancy. If you're planning to lose weight for pregnancy your usual exercise regime may be a little too challenging, but there are plenty of low impact exercises you can do right up to the third trimester. Tracy Mallet's Super Fit Mama is a great resource for planning an exercise schedule during your pregnancy, offering tips that will help you maintain your figure all the way to your labor.

How to Lose the Baby Weight Post-Pregnancy

Once you've given birth you'll face a whole new set of challenges, not least of which is the reduced time and energy you'll have to spare to lose your baby weight. Those first weeks and months can be hectic and tiring, and it can be difficult to spare a thought for diet and exercise in amongst the midnight feedings and constant diaper changes.

The best way to lose weight post-pregnancy is to set aside a little time each day - even if it's only five minutes while the baby is sleeping - to perform a simple, low stress exercise routine.

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