(Closed) getting enough calories while eating healthy during pregnancy?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Try adding protein powders to some of your foods and I’m not just talking smoothies (though those are good too).  These are a good, healthy way to add put on weight when you’re pregnant.  There’s lots of recipes out there for adding it to regular foods like sauces and soups.  This way you’re not trying to cram more into your already full belly, but you’re getting in more calories and nutrients. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Eating healthy instead of eating a lot of junk/processed foods automatically cuts your calories, but just not gaining weight isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  The main issue while pregnant is getting the proper nutrition, and then gaining weight is kinda secondary.  

There are some healthy foods you can incorporate to boost your calorie count, though.  Things like avocados, nuts, full fat dairy (cheese and yogurt included) and complex carbohydrates like whole grains, pasta, etc… are high calorie dense foods.  Lots of fiberous foods like veggies are good for you, but naturally lower in calories, so try adding some higher calorie foods to your regular veggies and fruits (e.g. banana with peanut butter, fruit with Greek yogurt, or carrots with hummus).

In all, though, your doctor should tell you if your weight gain is too low and give you some counseling on how to increase your weight.  If your doctor’s not worried, you’re probably doing a-ok, even if you’re not gaining on the “normal” schedule.  🙂

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

I had the same thing with not being able to eat big meals and had to eat lots of smaller snacks.  I made lots of zucchini or pumpkin or banana bread to have with milk.  I ussually cook with olive oil instead of butter but we made lots of stir  frys because i loved spicy while I was pregnant.  Cocnuts are also a good, healthy but filling snack as well as avacados.

Post # 7
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Newbee

Sounds like you are doing jsut fine and you only need to add 250 to 300 calories every day – that is not a lot.  Try to add in some good snacks. String cheese, crackers or whole wheat toast with peanut or almond butter, nuts, prunes or other dried fruit, a fruit smoothie, frozen yogurt or ice cream, carrots or celery with hummus. I like to keep cottage cheese with pineapple on hand or ricotta cheese on whole wheat crackers.  I also snack on cereal, greek yogurt with granola, half a fiber bar (i love gnu bars), rice cakes, a packet of instant oatmeal when I am at work or some homemade trail mix with nuts, dried fruit, granola and mini chocolate chips.     

Hope that helps. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

There are unflavored powders out there.  Some people notice a taste difference, but it kind of depends what you put it in. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You can add more snacks like yogurt, fruit,  veggie & dips. I dont think its bad if you had icecream or donuts every now and then.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I tracked my calories this week and I’m only eating about 1400 and I’m probably throwing up 500 of those 🙁 I really have so many food aversions right now it’s quite terrible.  I however have started eating pieces of toast with peanut butter, or nutella, or jelly. That’s helping me get a few more in.  The other tip which a friend (nutrionist) gave me was to eat out more. Which at first I thought was funny, but the amount of calories in a takeout meal are way more in the equivalent I’m cooking at home. Since Im so tired I have welcomed a couple meals out to eat each week.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I live on SmartOnes for lunch, but have started adding a “snack” to it. So today was Pasta Primavera with a side of pineapple. Or I’ll add carrots, or some string cheese. It’s a small change to add a little bit to a lunch and hopefully won’t leave you feeling too full.

I’ve also added a banana to my breakfast – I usually eat it before I shower, then have my cereal after my shower. Mainly so I don’t get nauseous from an empty stomach, but it also helps me get an extra fruit serving in the morning.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@heathaah: It sounds okay to me. I have lost weight so far (at almost 16 weeks) but my doctor is totally unconcerned, and said if I don’t gain a pound through the entire pregnancy, it is not the end of the world, as long as I keep taking my prenatals, and keep hydrated (which has been an issue with the hyperemesis). Has your doctor expressed any concern? If not, I wouldn’t worry too much, babies are the worlds best parasite, they will take everything they need, so if you are cutting yourself short, you will feel it long before it effects the baby. So as long as you are feeling alright I am sure you are fine!

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@heathaah: They say you’re suppose to have 2300 calories each day which means you’re short.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

@heathaah: I know someone mentioned protein powders, but I’ve been drinking pre-mixed chocolate protein shakes for the last few weeks.  I get the ones from costco, and they’re really low fat and only like 1g sugar.  They taste good and are pretty ‘dense’ with nutrients. 

I know you said no salad dressing, but I got some supplies to make my salads more calorie dense – adding veggies like peas, beets, mushrooms, etc. and protein like garbanzo beans and seeds or nuts.  I’ve found once you pile all the other stuff on, you don’t really need dressing (or you can just throw a smidge of olive oil to wet it).

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