Generally speaking, pregnancy is not the time that you should be loosing weight. Gaining weight is a normal and natural part of pregnancy. Pregnancy is a critical time for both mother and baby, particularly in regard to diet and nutrition. For a woman who is pregnant, the focus should be the actual nutrition she is consuming, rather than on whether she is losing, gaining, or maintaining weight.
Gaining weight is a necessary part of pregnancy. If a woman does not gain enough weight during pregnancy, her baby will not gain enough weight, and be able to develop and grow correctly. For example, a woman who is slender should gain somewhere around 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. A woman who is underweight should plan to gain more like 30 or 40 pounds. For a woman that is overweight, weight loss is still not the best situation; it is still important to gain at least between 12 and 25 pounds during pregnancy.
When you are "eating for two," it is important to realize that you aren’t going to take in twice the amount of calories; your growing baby and you need about 300 extra calories each day to keep things moving along.
There are specific foods that you should make sure you are getting during pregnancy. You should get between 3 and 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day. One of these should be of a dark orange vegetable, and two should be of leafy dark green vegetables. You should have two servings of extra-lean meats, chicken, fish, or cooked peas or dried beans. You should drink eight glasses of water. You should have six servings of grains, and three servings of nonfat or low fat milk products.
In addition to nutritional needs, a woman should be certain that she is getting enough physical activity while she is pregnant. Exercise can be a safe and an important part of your pregnancy. While you probably aren’t going to typically feel like running a marathon while pregnant, many women do experience a number of benefits from exercise while pregnant, including a relief of aches and pains, reduction of constipation, better sleep, stress relief, and a body that is more prepared both for birth and for postpartum weight loss.
Ultimately, pregnancy is a time when you need to focus on your overall health, your diet and your physical activity, and less on losing pounds.