The Mommy Diet: Tips and Tricks for Trying To Conceive
BabyZone chatted with Alison Sweeney, author of The Mommy Diet and The Biggest Loser host, as well as a couple of her healthy-living pros, rounding up some helpful hints for women looking to be as healthy as possible while TTC.
Focus on Reaching a Healthy Weight
Despite what mama may have told you about it “only taking that one time,” many couples can tell you the process of getting pregnant isn’t often quite so easy. Meg Werner Moreta, a registered dietician and contributor to The Mommy Diet, notes that maintaining a healthy weight is key. “Being at a reasonable body weight can be helpful in conceiving,” says Moreta, who served as the nutritionist on Oxygen’s Dance Your Ass Off. “Some people may struggle with conceiving if their weight is a little bit too high.”
Let’s Get Physical
And, no, we’re not just suggesting that kind of physical (although, it doesn’t hurt). Cardio exercise helps build up your endurance for being pregnant. Sweeney admits she loves to run, an exercise she tried to get out of her system before each pregnancy, and then resumed afterwards. “There’s something about running that I really enjoy and that’s something that I think you really shouldn’t do while you’re pregnant,” she says. “I get it out before and after.” For exercise that’s lower impact but great for building endurance (and getting the blood flowing), consider walking or yoga.
Clean Up Your Diet, Now
In her book, Sweeney emphasizes that getting your act together, both nutritionally and through exercise, before you get pregnant can help you get some semblance of your pre-baby body back sooner after pregnancy. Moreta agrees that eating right beforehand is equally as important as watching your intake while you have a bun in the oven. “You’re really trying to get rid of all of what I call the ‘non-nutritional’ foods, so getting rid of anything that’s refined like white flour, sugar, caffeine,” says Moreta. “Really get that out of your diet and start working on eating a really healthy diet, because that’s what you want to transition into once you become pregnant. Most women don’t know that they are pregnant anywhere from six to eight weeks.” (Read more tips for developing healthy preconception habits.)
Eliminate Refined Foods—It’s Easier Than You Think
For many of us, stopping to think about how much white flour, sugar, and caffeine we consume daily may be a truly eye-opening experience, leading one to wonder how on earth they can be eliminated without spiraling into a headache-inducing body shock. Moreta’s suggested method makes the process sound much simpler: “What I usually tell people to do is really start focusing on eating more fruits and vegetables. If you get just the minimum of five a day, which is two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables, automatically you’re going to start cutting out other calories because you’re going to be more full because of the fiber and [because] certain vegetables have fluid.”
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