Monday, March 7, 2011

Heathy Living: Pregnant with Choice

Article first published as Pregnant with choice on Technorati.

Though normally healthy women are increasingly developing gestational diabetes, many of us mothers-to-be are still considering ourselves unlikely victims, allowing ourselves to embrace the popular belief that it's OK to use pregnancy as an excuse to indulge in sweet foods we normally wouldn't.

During the beginning of my first pregnancy a few years ago, I was counted among the blissfully unaware.

My 20-week pregnant belly protruding just beneath my bowl, I scooped many heaping spoonfuls of ice cream into my mouth.

Pregnant silhouette
{photo credit: Chepe Nicoli}

And each time as the sweetness melted on my tongue, my body melted into the couch.


I'd eaten ice cream without feeling guilty.

Sweet freedom.

As someone who had always struggled with weight, finally, while pregnant with my first child, I felt like I could indulge in sweet treats without the normal regret, the heavy, nagging thoughts of having to work it off in the morning during my daily run.

After all, I was eating for two, right?

Well, yes. But, also, resoundingly, no.

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