If you’ve ever read a mommy blog or pregnancy message board, it doesn’t take long before you see something about the 200 Club.
The 200 Club is when a pregnant woman hits 200 pounds or more. Some wear it with a badge of honor, while others are horrified, as 200 pounds-plus never previously was a number that their bodies could reach. Regardless, many of these mommy-blog posts about entering "the club" are met with the same response from other mothers or mothers-to-be: “Don’t worry about it ☺.”
Body issues and acceptance are old topics for women — we are bombarded daily by messages of what size and weight are “beautiful,” what isn’t beautiful and the various ways in which the shape of our bodies are judged by others. When pregnant, some women choose to throw caution to the wind or give into cravings, only to realize in the third trimester that they’ve gained 50, 60 or 70 pounds.
Women of a normal weight should gain between 25 and 35 pounds during pregnancy; 15 to 25 pounds for overweight women; and between 35 and 45 pounds for underweight mothers-to-be, according to WebMD. That means pregnant women only need around 300 extra healthy calories per day than they usually eat.
So how are women gaining so much excess weight during pregnancy? There is so much conflicting information out there regarding the dos and don’ts of health, nutrition and exercise during pregnancy, especially for overweight or obese women. Apparently dieting is OK now, despite friends, families, mommy blogs and hormones telling you to eat everything in your path, but only if it’s healthy; and exercise is sometimes OK and sometimes not. Confusing, right?
To slow excessive weight gain during pregnancy, reshape your diet to one with whole grains, lean proteins, fruit and calcium. Eat many smaller meals throughout the day and eat only until full, not to excess.