Exercise, eating, and mood during pregnancy
There’s a lot of advice out there about pregnancy. Here are some common myths—and the facts.
Myth: Pregnant women should avoid exercise.
FACT: Being active is healthy and safe for most pregnant women!
Aim for 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. It helps you:
- Stay fit
- Avoid gaining too much weight
- Reduce your risk of getting diabetes during pregnancy
Myth: You’re eating for two.
FACT: It’s true that what you eat also feeds your growing baby. But you only need 300 extra calories per day!
- Make those few extra calories count by choosing healthy foods like:
- Fruits and vegetables (sliced apples, carrot sticks)
- Whole grains (plain popcorn, brown rice, oatmeal)
- Low-fat dairy products (cheese sticks, cottage cheese, yogurt)
- Lean meats or fish (baked chicken, tilapia, cod, canned tuna)
Myth: Pregnancy is a joyful time for all women.
FACT: Some women feel depressed during pregnancy.
Hormonal changes that happen at this time may be one reason. Talk with your doctor if you:
- Feel sad or anxious
- Cry more than usual
- Lose interest in things you usually enjoy