- 6 years ago
And how much MORE have you been eating? <— I wanted to put that in the title of the post too, but it wouldn’t fit.
I basically have been obsessing about my weight since I got pregnant (nothing new for me, as i have been obsessing about my weight my whole life, lol). And basically throughout the whole first trimester, i felt my appetite was out of control. And i felt bad all the time for “eating too much”. Then i really analyzed my weight gain and caloric intake increase yesterday and realize that my weight gain has been right on target….so maybe the amount i have been eating is….okay? And i am not gorging out like the pig i have felt like?
Basically, in the first trimester, i lost and gained two pounds, so that brings me to a net of zero gain in the first trimester. Then in the past couple of weeks since i started my second trimester, i have gained about a pound and a half…..and i just double checked my pregnancy book and it says i should be gaining about 1 – 1.5 pounds per week! so really, i am right on target, yay!
The thing is, i have been tracking my caloric intake on myfitnesspal since before i got pregnant. When i found out i was pregnant, i changed my settings from weight loss to maintain, and it said i could eat 1640 to 1800 calories per day (depends if i am “lightly active” or not). And if i exericse, i can eat more. Well, i have been feeling like a total failure for weeks because i have consistently been eating around 2200 – 2500 calories a day! give or take a couple hundred, lol. Some days were really bad (like 3000!), but those I know are due to total junk food binges (think an entire full size bag of Doritos in one evening). But even on my “good, healthy food only” days, i am still always over 2100-2300 calories at least.
So I thought about it, and realized, okay i technically gained two pounds in first trimester, that could be due to eating too much. But now, i am supposed to be gaining, so that does i should be eating enough to gain a pound a week?? When i change my settings on myfitnesspal to gain a pound a week, it gives me 2320 calories to eat per day….which would mean what i am doing IS okay and i shouldn’t be so hard on myself???
As you can see, i am confused. I guess i want to compare what other people’s pattern of caloric increase has been like in relation to their weight gain. And also, if we are supposed to be gaining 1 – 1.5 pounds per week – is that supposed to come from eating more? Or is it supposed to be due just from our uterus increasing and size and other factors like that? I thought i read we only increase our caloric intake in the 3rd trimeser?? Share your knowledge and experiences please!