Nutrition Needs Before Pregnancy : Nutrition

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Build exercise into your daily life to burn off the calories. It tones you up, helps your body shed fat and not muscle, and promotes strong bones. While you are exercising you aren’t eating, so if you are prone to snack, have a walk instead! Pick activities that you like, or go to a class at the gym that’s good fun as well as being good for you like Zumba or Boxercise.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance on pre-pregnancy weight loss suggests advising women to make activities like walking, cycling, aerobics and gardening part of everyday life and to take the stairs instead of the lift. Any activity that boosts fitness and uses calories at the same time is a good thing.

Get Professional Help

Talk to your GP or practice nurse about your diet plans, they’ll be able to weigh you and give you realistic expectations of what you should be aiming for. They’ll be able to give you diet sheets and ideas that you may not have thought of.

If you need motivation, join a weight loss group, you’ll be spurred on by other people’s weight loss and be able to share stories and tips.

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