The moment Christie Maruka, 46, found out she was pregnant, she came up with a plan to eat healthy foods and exercise so she wouldnt gain too much weight.
Like many other health-conscious women, Maruka, who lives in Wall, New Jersey, worried about developing gestational diabetes and other pregnancy complications that can occur with pregnancy weight gain.
As a fashion stylist and wardrobe consultant, she also feared something her clients had warned her about for years: not losing the baby weight.
My image is very important to me, Maruka said. I wasnt going to buy a whole new wardrobe in a different size.
Over the course of her pregnancy until she delivered in June 2003, Maruka, gained a total of 20 pounds, which at her pre-pregnancy weight of 116 (shes 53), is five pounds below the Institute of Medicines recommendations for pregnancy weight gain.
She cut out all junk food and loaded up on vegetables and high-protein, low-carbohydrate meals and snacks.
In order to combat morning sickness, dizziness or weakness, I would eat every three hours around the clock until I went to bed, she said.