Post # 1
I think I finally have an accurate dating of 7w p/g and for the past week my appetite has been out of control. I could eat bad carbs and sweets allllll day long.
My game plan is to eat more, smaller meals each day because the snacking is helping my nausea (which is otherwise an all day thing) but realistically, I think I’ve been eating way too much and definitely not as healthy as I’m used to. I’m worried because I ditched my exercise routine for the last couple weeks due to some complications, and while I’m hoping I feel up to getting back to the gym tomorrow, I’m worried that if I’m not able to keep up my former activity levels and I keep eating the way I am, I’m going to gain more than the healthy amount.
What tips and motivators helped to keep your cravings in check? Did anyone else feel this hungry early in their first trimester?? For some reason I just didn’t expect the hunger especially considering I’ve read you don’t need to increase your caloric intake until your second tri.
Post # 3
Going to the gym or for long walks (not sissy walks) is important. Also, cut the carbs and go for lean meats and lots of leafy vegetables. I also try to eat at least one dinner of fish a week and one meal that is a huge salad. Doing this I have yet to gain a pound and I am into my second trimester.
Post # 4
Instead of trying to resist my cravings and eating more calories by trying NOT to eat what I’m craving, I’m just eating what I want when I’m hungry. I’ve managed to lose 40 pounds through that and exercise during this pregnancy, so it seems to work 🙂
Post # 5
@Miss saphire i am going to have to follow your advice.
Yes, i feel hungry all of the time, and crave sugary things…I am chewing gum to help cravings, but its not the most help. I have been working out every night on my eliptical and have gained 5 pounds in 11 weeks so i am getting discouraged.
Post # 6
@octobermom: Gum actually can add a lot of air into your tummy, adding to the bloated feeling. Drink lots of water too.
Post # 7
I chewed gum some to help with the nausea but also ate lots of small meals. I made a few semi heathy snacks like zucchini bread to snack on during the day so I knew what I was eating and it would fill me up. Fruit also seemed to do the trick but everyones cravings are different. My goal has been to eat semi healthy (I mean fairly healthy but chocolate tastes too freaking good) and keep moving and then whatever I gain is what I’m supposed to gain.
@octobermom: I gained 5 lbs the first trimester and was a bit scared but at 32 weeks I’m +15 lbs, which is on the low end of the target so I don’t think pregnancy weight gain always makes sense or is that predictable, don’t get too discouraged.
Post # 8
@ Miss saphire, i have heard that and the last thing i want to feel is more bloated, thanks again warning headed.
@troubled Thanks you just made my day! There is hope. lol!
Post # 9
Thanks for everyone’s input! Yesterday I got back into tracking my food which helped a lot. When I’m aware of what I’m shoveling into my mouth I’m much better at making sure I’m getting good bang for my buck. So I got back to a more typical amount of daily carbs, made sure I guzzled water, had lots of fruits and veggies… and while all I wanted to do was just complain and scarf down a huge plate of pasta, I woke up feeling much better for it today! Hopefully my good luck continues back at the gym today
Post # 10
I have been craving sweets a lot more since I’ve been pregnant than before. I go ahead and have them- the key is extreme moderation. Like, I have been craving a blizzard from DQ for a week. So yesterday, I bought one, ate just the top (the part that was coming out over the cup, which is the best part anyways since that’s where all the candy is) and handed the rest over to my husband. Same thing when we go out to eat and I order fries. I eat a few, then pass the plate to my husband. He gets annoyed, but better his ass than mine, right?
Definitely drink as much water as possible. Not just for weight control, but keeping yourself hydrated is so important while pregnant.
Also, my best friend so far during this pregnancy has been cereal. I could eat it every meal. Just make sure there is not too much sugar in it, and you can get a LOT of nutrients that way, and it’s filling. My favorite is Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat. I eat two bowls of it every morning (and sometimes for dinner!).
Post # 11
I have a sweet tooth but have been trying to stick to fruit juice (100% juice) and cut up fruit. Right now strawberries are in season and I love mandarin oranges. Both are really easy to pack and eat!