(Closed) Have you been counting calories during pregnancy?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I hear ya!  I had it in my head that I was going to eat a very healthy diet when I got pregnant… and that went out the window the first time I felt a teensy bit queasy!

I don’t count calories or track my food, but I have used MyFitnessPal in the past so I have a pretty good idea about what I should consume in a day.  I know the calorie counts of certain foods just because I have eaten them frequently when I was tracking my intake.

I was worried also that my calorie goal would be all over the place since I used to eat  TONS of food due to my very high activity level.  I run (ran) 25-35 miles a week, lifted weights, did at least 2 cross training activities each week…etc… so I was consuming a large number of calories on intense workout or long run days.  It was challenging to drop the intensity and know how much to keep eating.

Once the nausea phase was over, I did start to pay attention to the variety of foods in my diet.  There’s still much to be desired, but I definitely eat more veggies than before.  For the most part, I eat what I want when I want, but luckily I like healthy foods and enjoy a variety of fruits and veggies, and I generally am not a big fan of processed/packaged/fast food.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I don’t really count calories anymore, but I am aware of what I eat and adjust accordingly. For instance, I’ve been really queasy several days this week, and my queasy fix is french fries. Since I had fries twice, I am more careful to make good choices at other meals and to eat more nutrient dense foods. I just try to listen to my body… Its just hard when my body wants bad stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Are you supposed to up your calorie count right away? I’m 7 weeks and have just been eating regular meals and small snacks when hungry. I don’t think I’ve been eating any more than normal.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@loveknows:  Cake donuts are my ultimate pregnant weakness!

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

No, I do not count calories. I don’t crave sweets or anything. Actually, I crave veggies and fruit a lot.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@babymakes3:  I believe that we only need 300 additional calories per day in the second & third trimesters.  I don’t think I could have forced myself to eat any additional food in my first trimester anyway!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@DaneLady:  I was the same way!  I told Darling Husband that when I get pregnant I will be eating super healthy as i will be more aware of what was going in my body – boy was I wrong!

i did not account for crazy cravings where I had to have something specific, and the feeling of absolutely hunger that I had to eat right then and there!  Unfortunately I didn’t make the best choices in the 1st month of knowing.

Now I am 10 weeks and its settled down a bit so I am trying to eat healthy.  I don’t count calories but if I am hungry between meals I will eat fruit or veggies first and when we go out to eat I make a conscious effort to choose something healthy!

@loveknows:  Yum strawberries and grapes!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@babymakes3:  My midwife told me to listen to my body, if you are hungry eat, if you are not then don’t!  

@PrncssDva:  Lucky you!  I don’t eat a lot of fast food normally but I am craving it like crazy with this pregnancy!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m 21 weeks today. When I first found out I was super careful about what/how much I was eating.  That lasted until about 10 weeks when the morning sickness started.  Since then, if something sounds appetizing and I can keep it down I eat it.  In general I’m eating a lot of small meals throughout the day.  At my last OB appt. I had gained 3 pounds for the whole pregnancy, and the baby was measuring 3 days behind which is in the normal range for ultrasound measurements. 

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2008

About seven weeks here and I haven’t been eating more that usual. I figured I haven’t had morning sickness (knock on wood) so I’m retaining everything I’m eating so I don’t need to add any extra because I was told that the “eating for two” thing is a myth. Weight gain doesn’t usually start until the second trimester, where I read that the only extra we need would be about 150-300 calories per day, which is just about a banana plus an extra cup of milk or something, and that’s not much at all.

I think I may be in danger of having gestational diabetes – I did a glucose test and my results were abnormal but I was really sick when I took it, which could’ve potentially affect the result, need to talk to the OBGYN when I see her next week (LONG side note here, sorry) – so I’ve been trying to eat better. Luckily I haven’t craved anything super unhealthy but I HAVE been wanting more fruit, which, of course, contains a lot of sugar, so I’m trying to limit that as well. SO HARD! I’m not sure I can take another 33 weeks of this!!

 

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