Post # 1
I am starting to realize that accomodating weight watchers points to what I actually need to eat in pregnancy isn’t working…
I just now registered on babyfit.com. The constant promotions and commercials everywhere are annoying, but I really do want to find a reasonable and healthy daily guide for what I should be eating every day.
My doctor told me I should not gain more than 22lbs during the pregnancy since I’m a little overweight.
I entered all my info to babyfit and it says I should be eating 2250 calories a day! That can’t be right!
Post # 3
@Evie19: Newly pregnant chic here who’s a bit overweight. Honestly, I’d be skeptical of having a super strict weight gain guideline to the extent that it regulated your calories to a huge amount. No, obviously you aren’t eating for two, and they say that you need something like 150-180 calories extra day early on and about an extra 300-400 calories (these are ballparks, I don’t remember the exact numbers but it’s somewhere in this range) towards the end.
My general plan to is to just eat basically the same as I do now, but accomodate for increased appetite. I’m still super early but interestingly, I’ve felt pretty terrible after eating unhealthy things. So while I’ve always eaten pretty well I’m actually eating extremely well during my pregnancy so far. I know I don’t need to gain a ton of weight, but I’m also not too worried about a specific number.
Post # 4
@Mrs.LemonDrop: Your goal sounds like a healthy plan. Unfortunately, I definitely need to be accountable every day for what I’m eating (with some guidelines) otherwise I may easily go off the handle.
I’m really concerned about staying healthy for the baby- so I don’t get gestational diabetes, and also so I can have a safer labor without intervention. I hear weight can have a big impact on both.
Good for you for eating healthily! And congrats on your pregnancy!!
Post # 5
@Evie19: I will say, that 2250 does seem on the high side generally, but probably fine if you work out regularly?
Post # 6
@Mrs.LemonDrop: I realized that number was wrong!! I searched on some other pregnancy calorie calculators and it seems for the first trimester I should be around 1700-1900, and then I would add 300 calories to that in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters…
Post # 7
@Evie19: Are you someone who works out regularly? That’s the only thing I can think of that would make your calorie intake that high. My midwife told me to eat my normal calorie intake for the 1st trimester (where I could… I was pretty sick) and then add an extra 300 calories for the 2nd and 3rd trimester. I’m 18 weeks and I’m not gonna lie, sometimes I crave a cheeseburger or a McFlurry and I go for it, but its like anything else, everything in moderation.I also am (finally) back to some low impact cardio and weights so I do that 3-4 times a week.
I started out about 15lbs overweight and so far only gained 8lbs. My doc said nothing about my wieght and said average weight gain is 25-30 so he doesn’t expect me to be much different.
Weight gain can have an impact on whether or not you get GD but I had a friend who is a personal trainer who got it, and there was NO WAY she was overweight or ate poorly during that pregnancy since she was still working out and training at 8 months. Sometimes you just get lucky :-/
Keep a food diary to monitor the good foods you eat vs the junk and modify your diet that way. Again, I don’t know how far along you are but for me my body seems to know when to make me stop eating the crap through indigestion and morning sickness. Make sure you stock your home with healthy foods an limit the junk. I find that the less junk in the house the less I eat it because I’m too lazy to go get it ;-p
Post # 8
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: No, unfortunately my workout habits have always been uneven. At work, I usually walk up the 3 flights of stairs to work. And then I used to do Jillian Michaels DVDs, but not consistently. I am active in the house as well…but yeah, not ideal.
I have been extremely tired in my first trimester, but now that I’m a few weeks away from my second I want to keep up with some prenatal workout DVDs- at least 4 times a week.
I am going to keep recording what I eat on babyfit.com- aiming for 1600 calories now, and then going up to 1900 in my third trimester.