(Closed) How are you tracking pregnancy nutrition?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Hi–Congrats on your pregnancy, by the way!

I haven’t looked for a nutrition tracker that’s pregnancy-specific, but I did want to mention a couple of things.

1. Prenatal vitamins are sooo important, and making sure you get enough folic acid in the first trimester is key: 5 mg a day or more.  Most prenatals that I’ve seen only contain 1mg.  Ask your doctor for a prescription.  But be aware that you can find folate in lots of foods as well–potatoes, enriched grain products, etc.

2. Eat a well-balanced diet with whole grains, veggies, fruits, healthy protein, dairy.  There are plenty of “what not to eat” lists out there–good to consult and stick on the fridge.

3. You only need an additional 250 calories per day in the first trimester… that’s a snack or a light sandwich.  Tracking may be more important as you are further along.

I wish you well!

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

My OB told me that the pregnant body has a unique ability to know exactly what it needs, so to just listen to what you desire and indulge it in a healthy way.

I didn’t do much tracking, just tried to listen to my wants and dislikes.  The only thing I was a little short on when she did my 2nd trimester panel was iron, but by 3rd trimester I was able to bring it up with a supplement and an iron rich diet 🙂

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

I have always used Fitday to manage my nutrition.  I have the PC version, but there is a free online version that does everything the PC version does.  I would print out my reports and show my doctor to see if he had any advice.  It breaks down what you’re eating into calories, nutrients, etc. so it was VERY useful as a tool for my doctor to say “Hey you’re eating too many calories.  You should cut down on the carbs, it looks like you’re over 50% on those.  Try adding more protien.”  It’s not a pregnancy specific website, but it does track your nutrition very well, as well as your weight and size.  It’s really cool to see the numbers and graphs!  (I’m such a nerd.)  If you’re as OCD as I can be, then I’d recommend fitday.com.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I don’t track, but from reading pregnancy nutrition books, it seems as though a pregnancy diet is pretty close to the diet we should be *ideally* following as women all the time, with a few extra calories thrown on.  So I would imagine any tracking website out there should be good….

but as Mrs. DG said, don’t drive yourself too crazy.  Eat healthy things, listen to your body and also indulge every now and then – you deserve it!

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