Happy New Year everyone and belated Merry Christmas!! Hopefully, everything went well, all your guests were well-fed, well-entertained, well-alcoholed and all generally went smoothly with no drama!! Incidentally, the pressure of these important holidays and an already sensitive situation within a family makes the 3rdof January the most divorciful day of the year i.e. more applications are filed for divorce on this day in the UK than any other day according to statistics. So please be careful, and I really hope that everything has run smoothly in that sense.

Another unfortunate negative that happens during those holidays is unnecessary weight gain. I know if you are pregnant everyone around will be constantly egging you on by saying ‘you have to eat for two’ and ‘please have some more, you are pregnant’, however this is a misconception and a myth as proven by science. The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (as well as my doctor) advices to control your diet and only have 200 extra calories per day in the last trimester of pregnancy https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/news/eating-for-two-pregnancy-myth-still-risks-harming-mothers-and-their-babies-despite-best-intentions/.

Professor Janice Rymer, Vice President of Education for the RCOG, stated: “Eating too much during pregnancy and putting on too much weight can be detrimental to both mother and baby. Women who are overweight during pregnancy are at an increased risk of having a miscarriage and developing conditions such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia. They are also more likely to have a premature baby, require a Caesarean section, experience a haemorrhage after birth or develop a clot, which can be life-threatening. In addition, overweight women have bigger babies who are themselves more likely to become obese and have significant health problems as a result.”
So, in light of this information, dear mothers, please take care and not overeat, as much as you think it’s allowed. It can also affect and alter your metabolism, which can make it much harder to influence in future. I myself have gained a couple of kilos too much before I had that information, but now I am watching it like a hawk. So make sure you don’t eat for two, as well as, do ‘soft’ exercises such as pregnancy yoga, swimming and long distance walking.

Thank you for listening, if you think you have found a great way of controlling your weight, when all you want to do is stuff your face like there’s no tomorrow, please share it in comments or just say ‘hi’ J. Once again, Happy New Year and wishing you and your baby/pregnancy/family- all the best.