(Closed) Chocoholic moms-to-be

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Portion contol. Prepackage a serving size in a plastic baggie and only allow yourself that amount – especially if you’re working and take your lunch – then you can’t be tempted to have any more.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Find some healthier options to satisfy your sweet tooth.  For example, you could try the special K bars that have chocolate chunks in them, skinny cow ice cream sandwiches, or a chocolate flavored protein shake.  These types of things will give you a pre-portioned dose of chocolate without breaking the nutrition bank.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

There’s no way to know how pregnancy will affect you- LOTS of women find that especially during the first trimester, things that normally you’d like now suddenly turn you off, and vice versa.

I’m normally a total sweets and baked good fiend but I wanted nothing to do with either until about 16 weeks or so. Now I have the occasional donut craving, and I could drink my weight in lemonade, but candy still isn’t real big on my list.

So I wouldn’t worry about it too much. Also, caffeine-wise, most doctors will recommend that while you should make sure your caffeine intake below a certain level, I think that to get anywhere near a worrisome caffeine intake using chocolate alone you’d have to eat a quantity of chocolate that would make you sick long before it messed up your kid.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I don’t know about getting in shape before you get pregnant – I didn’t get around to that!  But I will tell you that I probably touched chocolate twice in the first three months of my pregnancy and I would be a fairly regular chocolate eater (not chocoholic though!)

As PP said – there’s no way to know what you might crave.  My sister couldn’t eat anything except fruit and vegetables for the first trimester of her first pregnancy – she just craved both and couldn’t look at other stuff!

I did cut down on caffeine but that meant going to decaf tea or coffee since chocolate wasn’t an issue (and hardly is now – I have a tiny bit maybe once or twice a week tops)

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

I’ve always liked chocolate but this baby LOVES chocolate.  So, I think you have to pick and choose your battles, chocolate for me isn’t one of my battles.  I watch my diet in other areas and I don’t drink coffee or caffeinated tea – those were easier for me to give up than chocolate.  I’m still more in shape than your average person even though I’m 22 weeks pregnant so chocolate loving and getting in good shape don’t have to be exclusive.   I also make sure not to down a whole big bar of chocolate – little rewards like a cookie(s) with milk after dinner or a little sprinkled on my cereal for the flavor, try to go for ‘healthier’ chocolate (dark, uses actual cocoa butter and not a substitute, and doesn’t have a lot of extras like nougat or other additives).  

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am pretty much a chocoholic but since I am pregnant I am trying really hard to eat healthy.  I find that eating a lot of fruit really helps that sweet craving.  I have been snacking like crazy on carrots, pears, mandarin oranges, juice, etc.  I know all of those things still have sugar but at least there are also healthy vitamins in them. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

I don’t think eating chocolate during pregnancy is a big deal at all.  I gave up almost all caffeine but still ate chocolate.  I just made sure that I was also getting in lots of other nutritious food.  Honestly, I didn’t crave it as much in my first trimester.  I mostly wanted crackers.  🙂

I did have a hard time eating veggies, though…they made me gag!

Oh, and I’ve also heard that sweet potatoes will satisfy a chocolate craving..something that is in them…?

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I echo Lozza – you might not even want chocolate as much in your 1st trimester at least. I have a serious sweet tooth – especially cookies, cupcakes and other baked goods. since i’ve been pregnant i haven’t wanted ANY sweets. i’ve been craving mostly protein and salty foods. so you never know!

Post # 11
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Worker bee

@ams12: When you find out please tell me bc I’m in the same boat!! Except I’m 10 weeks pregnant and ALL I want are sweets!! I developed my sweet tooth after I quit smoking three years ago and I just can’t seem to shake it.

The only thing I’ve been able to do so far is just give into it every now and then. I also don’t keep a lot of sweets in the house bc I know I’ll eat them. Try low calorie fudge pops. They are SO good and I think they’re only like 40 calories each?? I’d say when you’re preggo to only allow yourself to give in once a week and get something really yummy! You should be totally fine then and not gain too much weight!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Like others have said you may start craving foods you don’t typically and not be interested in what you usually are… I’ve hardly been interested in chocolate during my pregnancy, but have had a mega sweet tooth for gummy candy {which I virtually never eat!} the past few months…

 

If you’re worried about the caffeine intake, you can still have some caffeine during pregnancy… if you’re also a coffee drinker you may just have to decide which is more important in a day! 🙂 As for the weight gain, if your weight is under control now then there’s no reason to think it’ll go nuts when your pregnant, unless you go nuts with eating. Not everyone automatically gains massive amounts of weight when pregnant!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@NixLapi – I am the same – I would have never bought gummy candies but I have bought tons in the past few months!  Chocolate?  Not so much…  Laughing

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve been eating chocolate but in small amounts and healthy-er ways…

Hot chocolate

Chocolate Chips/M&Ms with almonds/nuts

and of course, the occasional brownie 🙂 hehe

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