Post # 1
Well, I just had my latest appointment with my OBGYN and she is not very happy with my weight gain during pregnancy. 🙁 I feel like I’ve been eating more and not throwing up as much, but I’m still losing at a point when I should be gaining. My doctor said I need to put on 2-5 pounds by my next appointment (3 weeks from now). I asked her about gaining weight, but she just said to eat healthy and not exercise strenuously… which is kinda what I’ve been doing. If I can’t gain weight in the next few weeks, I’ll have to go on a really specific diet that includes supplementing with weight-loss drinks like Slim-Fast (ew!).
Honestly, I’ve never had to gain weight before, so I’m not really sure how to do this. Anyone out there with a high metabolism or other weight problems that can give me some pointers? I try to eat healthy (but can’t keep down meat), and most of my snacks (2-3 a day) are carbs like granola bars and dried fruit. Also, my daily exercise is one 1-1.5 hour walk and Wii Fit Yoga. Help, hive! 🙂
Post # 3
Protein definitely helps. How about protein milkshakes if you don’t like meat?
Post # 4
I would say to add “good” fats and proteins like nuts, avocados, eggs, etc. And maybe some ice cream, milkshakes…
Also, maybe cut down the walk a little? I’m not even pregnant and I don’t walk that much everyday! (And I live in Manhattan and don’t have a car!)
Post # 5
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I took a sports nutrition class way back and I recall the prof saying the best way to put on weight is to drink lots of juices…you can aim for the healthy ones with natural sugars but don’t go for the diet ones.
Post # 6
Hm. I have a friend who had to gain weight and it was really tough for her–to do it healthfully, anyways. Made me think about the other spectrum, ya know? She said she ate a lot of full fat, full sugar foods (switching from things like Splenda to regular sugar in her ice teas and stuff) and tried to make sure she always had some carbs in her meals. As women I think we shy away from carbs in general, but shoot, I’d use this as an excuse to have some french bread with pesto (olive oil is good for you!), a baked potato, etc with your dinner. A fully rounded dinner–salad, starch, vegetable, protein, some bread. I’d use a calculator to determine how many calories you need to eat per day and then add in, say, an extra 500 calories if that’s what it is. 500 always seems reasonable w/o stuffing yourself. Two snacks or a bowl of ice cream in the evening. My friend switched from working out to JUST yoga. Which I’d imagine would be super good for you, since you’re pregnant. I’d start having an extra glass or two of milk a day, too, if it doesn’t make you sick.
Post # 7
Hmm, I second avacado and juices. Also pasta, cheeses, potatoes, pancakes. For snacks try less dried fruit and more waffles. Also maybe cut down on the walking (just for now, you could resume a little later in the pregnancy).
Post # 8
LOL Oh I can help you gain weight. Think donuts :D… and cookies!! All the yummy foods you have never really eaten. You maybe should increase your portion size as well.
Eating sweets and satisfying my cravings for everything and not being modest on ANYTHING helped me gain a lb a month since M and I started dating… oh yeah I don’t do any exercise at all. (Yeah all this has to change).
eta congratulations on your pregnancy!!
Post # 9
I pretty much second everyone else…eat a little more of the good fats and proteins and walk a little bit less. 🙂
Post # 10
Stew! And if meat is hard to keep down try a different way of preparing meat? Something that will camouflage the taste? Meat is good for you in moderation and would probably help with the weight.
Post # 11
My girlfriend had the same issue in her pregnancy, she was able to increase her weight gain by eating lots of avocados (she became a guacamole junkie), and keeping ziplock bags of almonds to snack on all the time, she also switched to drinking fruit smoothies, and fruit juices instead of water and iced tea.
Post # 12
Boiled eggs for a snack (if you don’t especially like eggs, maybe try getting farm fresh eggs, we just got some and OMG they are WAY better than store eggs, even organic store eggs).
Fruit smoothies – low fat yogurt and fresh fruit (maybe w/ a scoop of icecream as a splurge)
Avocados – plain or as guacamole or in any number of tacos combinations, also good in salads
Nuts – plain for snacking, or peanut butter on toast.
If you don’t want to be particularly healthy, my favorite indulgences (and guaranteed to pack on some pounds!):
GRAVY (real gravy)
Risotto (made with butter)
Fresh made bread with butter
Post # 13
Think larger portions and well-balanced meals. Protein and healthy fats are great, if you can’t keep down meat try eggs (best protein there is!), nuts, avocados, etc. Complex carbs are good too, and a great reason to indulge! While sugars are calorie rich, they aren’t that great as they produce insulin spikes and increase the risk of gestational diabetes. Keep something you like around at all times to snack on, and good luck!
Post # 14
Butter in everything! Makes it taste better. Milk and half and half in your tea/potatoes/coffee. This is fun… (Sorry, I know this is a not so fun issue for you in real life, but it is fun to come up with suggestions).
Post # 15
Don’t! My Dr told me the same thing while i was pregnant, and it ended up biting me in my HUGE ass at the end! I didn’t gain any weight until the end, when i ballooned!!!! You may just not be gaining a lot right now, but you will start. I have had a couple girlfriends too whose wieghts were way low but ended up being perfect at the end.
Post # 16
Good work, ladies! I will definitely try to eat more protein and the suggestion about fruit juice was a good idea, too. My walks are afternoon/evening walks with my husband and the dogs, but maybe we could break the walks into morning and night, and I’ll only go on one or the other.
As far as the proteins go, I’m having a hard time figuring out what to eat since meat doesn’t stay down. I don’t like tofu, or soy in general, but I’m not sure of my other options? Recipes and food suggestions would be very helpful! Also, I think eating more cheese is a good option for me; is there a type of cheese (like mozzerella vs. cheddar) that is fattier than others?