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Jessica Simpson let the world know a few weeks back that she was "bumpin and proud" with her second baby on the way when she tweeted a picture of her pregnant belly.
But this time around, Simpson will be doing things differently in her pregnancy -- especially when it comes to the baby weight, she told Jay Leno during a recent appearance on The Tonight Show. Simpson's weight gain during her first pregnancy was a near-constant topic of conversation both before the birth of daughter Maxwell last May and then after, as she dropped 50 pounds as a Weight Watchers spokesperson. Here are the five things we learned from her experience:
Watch your weight gain. "The last time I kind of ate everything in sight," Simpson, 32, told Leno. "I guess I just didn't realize you could gain that much weight that quickly." While everyone talks about "eating for two," you really don't need to eat any extra calories to gain the 1 to 4 pounds in the first trimester recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. To gain the 3 to 4 pounds per month suggested for the rest of pregnancy, most moms-to-be only need to eat about 300 extra calories per day.
Hop on the scale. "I was really happy to be pregnant and I just didn't ever step on the scale," Simpson told Leno. You don't need to obsess about your weight gain, but the best way to make sure you're on track and not gaining too much too fast is to keep an eye on it.
Think ahead. While Simpson didn't reveal her exact weight gain number, she said she gained "a lot -- a lot more than doctors would probably recommend. I had fun doing it, but once I had Maxwell I realized that it all wasn't water weight and I had to really work hard. So, in like four months I lost over 50 pounds." Try to keep in mind that it's easier to avoid putting it on than losing it later. (Ready to lose the baby weight? Here's how to get started.)
Find healthy ways to satisfy your pregnancy cravings. Simpson was open throughout her pregnancy, and wasn't shy about sharing her love of buttered Pop Tarts. Her favorite pregnancy foods the first time around? "Everything, Jay. I didn't really make any healthy, good decisions." Need help making smart choices? Try one of these 17 healthy pregnancy superfoods.
Get help for nausea. This time around Simpson hasn't had too many cravings since she's been sidelined with morning sickness. "I've been really, really sick," she told Leno, "so I can't wait to actually be able to crave something, like I did in my first pregnancy." Some mamas-to-be have the opposite problem, piling on the pounds when carbo-loading is the only thing that curbs day-long nausea. (Feeling ill? Here are 12 ways to beat morning sickness.)
The good news is that the second pregnancy is a do-over. You're just way more relaxed and much less neurotic about everything -- including weight gain. (Come to think of it, once you have the baby you get a do-over, too.) Here's hoping that Jessica Simpson has an easier time of it the second time around.