|12 hours before baby arrived|
In my first trimester, I went down to 62.5 kgs due to the nausea, the meat aversion, and the loss of lean muscle mass. At 9 months I weighed 69.5 kgs and after the baby came I weighed 64.5 kgs (a pound or so less than before I got pregnant.) What with a 3 kg baby plus placenta, plus an over sized uterus shrinking plus the amniotic fluid being flushed out.
5) The literature. Read, read, and read some more. Being well informed has enabled me to gain the confidence to experiment with my body and myself and to understand how my body works. If you plan to conceive in two years, I would highly recommend starting to read on health, real food and fitness, and how to be like nature intended you to be, today!
The reading brought me to my adopted lifestyle, the reading helped me conceive at first attempt, and the reading has helped me stay in the best possible shape in those long 9 months and counting!
Hormones and water retention plays quite a role when it comes to pregnancy weight gain. When you eat real food (no processed food, no sugar, no grains) water retention is minimal (which explains no swelling at all for me).Many women worry a lot about the health of the foetus, their weight gain and their appearance (will I ever get my waist line back?). Stress secretes a hormone called cortisol, which is going to make weight gain even more likely. The more aware you are, the less you will fret!
Most primal / paleo mothers like me did not gain weight during pregnancy, which goes to show that hormones can play a role but being in tune with your body can keep cravings in check. Being in control of your body (and not letting it control you) is a rewarding experience, pregnant or not.
If you are a woman who plans to conceive in the near future, start looking after your body now. And don’t thank me, thank your body.