Pregnancy Tip #1

ScaleThrow that #@*ing scale out the window!

It’s sole purpose at this point in your life is to mess with your head and lord knows, that’s the last thing you need right now; hormones alone are doing a good enough job at that, additional ammo not necessary.

No matter what you do at this point, the weight is going to pile on. You may get away with a teeny tiny half pound gain here and there in the first trimester but you need to brace yourself sister for the 2nd trimester where weight seems to be attracted to you like a magnet to a fridge. Nothing can stop it from happening, as yours truly is starting to grudgingly realize.

When the 2nd trimester hits, it’s like the horses are outta the gate and there’s no stopping it now. Every week I check the scale at the gym, against my better judgement (it’s right there when I wash my hands, how can I avoid it?!) and lately that number, she’s been a’rising and mentally, that’s a hard one to swallow.

Regardless of how I feel about it though, it’s time to lay down some of the workout artillery and let nature take it’s course. (For a few months anyway.) Notice though how I said some of the artillery. Not all. By no means do you take pregnancy to mean a free pass to time unlimited on the sofa. If you do that, you’re setting yourself up for a tough road ahead. Studies show that a fit body can help speed up the amount of time you’re in labor and help your body to recover quicker so you can get back to your daily activities faster… like midnight feedings and strolls around the park with your newborn. (Let me rephrase that and say you’re new daily activities if this is your first one!)

There are so many benefits to staying active during your pregnancy that it should be your main focus. Never over-exert yourself but remain active even if it’s going for a walk every day. And for the love of all mothers who have gone before us, ignore the scale, it’s just plain evil! That number is going to rise, no two ways about it! But you do want to remain in the healthy category of weight gain which is about 25 to 35 pounds total (don’t do the math, it may upset you!) Just accept it, stay healthy and before you know you’ll have that kid popped out so fast you’ll be saying. “Labor? What labor? Pushed that kid right out and got on with life!”

Here’s a little chart to show you where that extra poundage comes from during pregnancy:

  • Baby    8 pounds
  • Placenta   2-3 pounds
  • Amniotic fluid   2-3 pounds
  • Breast tissue   2-3 pounds
  • Blood supply   4 pounds
  • Fat stores for delivery and breastfeeding   5 – 9 pounds
  • Uterus increase   2-5 pounds
  • Total   25- 35 pounds

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Anne Marie Costanzo is a nationally certified personal trainer and owner of Little Black Dress Personal Training. She can be reached at or (914) 841-1121.

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