(Closed) Extra Calories?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I didn’t worry about counting calories. If I was hungry, I ate. I trusted my body to tell me what I needed.

(And in my 1st trimester, I ate WAY more than 100 extra calories! I was eating 1-2 additional large full meals a day! Didn’t even gain weight during 1st trimester either.)

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MarieBelle:  I’m struggling big time to eat 1800 calories a day at the moment, let alone extra ones. How many weeks are you? 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My doc told me 300 extra calories a day from my 7 week appointment on. That said, I’m not worrying about limiting – if I’m hungry I eat, though I try to go with healthy snacks if possible.

That said, everyone’s body/pregnancy is different. Sometimes doctor’s change recommendations based on your pre-pregnancy BMI or other medical history. So perhaps that may be why you had a different rec?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

My OB always said 300 extra calories. I am assuming that is 300 calories more than the average recommended calories for women, which is like 1600-2000 calories a day for the average woman. I, however, was only shooting for 1200 calories a day before pregnancy because I was trying to lose weight. So I’m not sure if that means I should shoot for 1900-2300 calories a day or just 1500. I think what is more important than the calories is getting enough vitamins/minerals, especially folic acid and calcium. 🙂

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My doctor said not to worry about calories but to increase one of my food group intake by 1 (any food group I wanted).

So for example, it’s recommended that any adult woman have:

7-8 servings of fruit and veggies
6-7 servings of grain
2 servings of milk or alternatives
2 servings of meat or alternatives 

So while pregnant, you should add a serving of fruit/veg, grain, milk or meat.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I feel like it’s just a guideline, possibly to keep us from over indulging when pregnant. That old “eating for two” line is stil used – though most pregnant ladies I’ve heard from know it’s not really what you should be doing. However, I feel like our society is really permissive of pregnant women making poor eating choices, so the calorie guidance is maybe there to keep you from eating 1000 extra calories your whole pregnancy.

I say if you’re hungry, eat, just make it a good nutrition instead of a donut (most of the time at least, lol). Trust your doc to bring it up if you start to show signs of gaining too much/too little weight at any time during your pregnancy, they keep a really close eye on that. They also test your urine at every appointment (I have a Pavlovian response to pee if I get near the doctor’s office at this point) so if anything looks hinky they’ll talk with you about it. They also balance your weight with how well your baby is growing through your pregnancy. For example, I’ve gained 2 lbs in the last 8 weeks (third tri) but my baby is growing like a champ so no worries here. We have enough to stress about without trying to count calories!

My biggest tip on food is to just stock the fridge/pantry with good snacks, and when your tummy rumbles go for one 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I was told 300 the entire time, but I haven’t been counting. I’ve been eating when hungry and I’ve been doing just fine. My weight gain was slow in the beginning because of nausea, but unless you gain to much or are diabetic, it’s time to just eat.

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