Our expert says:
Congratulations on your second pregnancy! I think you are being very sensible in your approach to the potential weight gain that does accompany most pregnancies. The general guideline for Moms who are overweight at the start of their pregnancies, is to aim for a weight gain not exceeding 11,5 kg over the 9 months (i.e. 1.3 kg per month on average). So at this stage you are keeping within these limits. One of the advantages of Weigh-Less is that the support you receive from the group sessions does help with motivation. You will have to decide if you are motivated enough to carry on without this type of support or if you will slip back into indulging that sweet tooth of yours! During breastfeeding the energy requirements are moderately increased (an additional 500 kcal/day or 2100 kJ/day), but your requirements for vitamins and minerals esp. calcium, iron, zinc, etc, will increase quite a lot. To achieve this type of intake of protective nutrients it is important that you use a well balanced diet such as the Weigh-Less eating plan. Wishing you all the best for this pregnancy and a swift return to your pre-first baby weight.
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