Hi. We're trying to get pregnant with our second child, and I'm worried that I'll gain back the 65 pounds I just lost. Here's what I plan to do this time around (lessons from Weight Watchers):
Watch your portion sizes - you could measure out the recommended portions and/or count calories, fat and fiber content to stay under the daily total recommended by your doctor.
Stop, rest and assess. If you're starting to feel full, stop eating, throw out or put away the left overs and wash the dishes. You'll be less likely to keep eating if you put it away.
Drink lots of water. Replace your sodas, juices, flavored coffee drinks, etc. with pure water. If you need a bit of taste, you can add some sugar-free flavor like crystal lite, but plain water is best. Drink 8 cups each day. It will keep you hydrated and full, and if you want to nurse your baby, it will keep your milk supply up.
Go for high fiber and whole grains in your food. The double fiber breads, Fiber One products and cereals like Mini Wheats are my favorites. They will make you full and help rid your body of excess waste.
Eat plenty of fruits and veggies. Fruit is a great alternative to sugary sweets. They will keep you full and are packed with vitamins and fiber.
And finally, get some exercise every day. Don't do anything too strenuous if you weren't exercising before you were pregnant, but even walking a mile or two, swimming a few laps, cycling or elliptical will help. There are also gym classes tailored for expecting moms you could look into. I try to walk/jog with my son in his stroller or bike every day. I have a couple small hand weights, a step and a large ball for indoor workouts. Simple pushups, jumping jacks and lunges go a long way.
Believe me, I've been there and I know it's hard. I was close to 240 pounds by the time I was full term! My worst craving was for ice cream, so I went to Cold Stone Creamery several times a week - not smart. I'm going to try to substitute frozen yogurt and homemade smoothies this time. Look online for healthy alternatives for whatever you're craving. There are new books like "Eat this, not that" which address healthy substitutes. Keep in mind that you can get all your calories from healthy foods. Hang in there and try not to stress too much. Hopefully you'll find the strength to take control and feel empowered.