Post # 16
baller123 : check in with your doctor, but also listen to your body. In the first trimester you don’t need anything extra (assuming you aren’t hungry) and even once you’re in the third trimester you only need about 300-500 extra calories. “Eating for two” is how women end up fat – they act like that second person is an NFL lineman instead of a 7 pound fetus.
Post # 17
Twizbe : Obviously! It’s just an expression!
Post # 18
pinkshoes : i havent been around in awhile… just wanted to say: yay 32 weeks! Im am so glad you are getting your baby at last. Congratulations and best wishes for a smooth and easy delivery.
Post # 19
I think I’ve gotten some great advice here. I think I should stop counting. I feel like there’s pressure to gain the right amount of weight (25-35lbs) but I’d rather risk gaining too much than mess this up. I only have one shot at this and I would feel horrible if I messed it up.
Also tarragon is bad? I honestly did not know that. There are so many surprising foods on the bad list. What also confuses me is things like Splenda, which some sites say is ok for pregnancy and others say is bad.
Also congrats to all the other expecting mamas! It’s nice to have this community 🙂
Post # 20
I’m 17 weeks along now but before I became pregnant I was using My Fitness Pal to count calories. My OB/GYN said to stop, as in stop trying to lose weight, but if I wanted to use it as a guide to track my macros it was fine. I’m not as dilligent about tracking as I was, but I’m eating around 2,000 calories a day (where before it was more like 1,500-1,600). I’m also 5’8″ so a bit taller than you. So far my weight has been on track and I’m finally looking like a have a bump instead of looking like I just gained weight.
It is confusing because different sites tell you what to and what not to eat. I just try to eat clean. I used to eat more frozen meals as a quick lunch but have cut down on those because of the amount of sodium. I’ve never been a big lunch meat fan so cutting back on that wasn’t tough. My biggest weakness was soda and I’ve cut way back on that and now only drink caffeine free.
Post # 21
baller123 : the tarragon thing is about concentrated doses. Like dont take tarragon pills or consume it in essential oils. Using it as spice or “a pinch” in a tea is whatever. Just use common sense (no egg salad thats been sitting out all day, cook things to temperature, no gas station sushi etc) and follow the actual lysteria/salmonella outbreak news.
Post # 22
baller123 : I think that’s a healthy perspective (stop counting cals and just nourish your body as you feel like). It’s definitely worse for the baby if the mom doesn’t gain *enough* weight – it’s correlated with a variety of health problems – than it is to gain too much weight.
Even if you do ending up gaining “too much”, it’s not the end of the world. My best friend and my sister are both really slim women (120 pounds or so) and both gained 50+ pounds in their pregnancies. A year later they’re down to within 5 of their starting weight.
Post # 23
I would not continue dieting if that is what you’re doing. But to answer your question, eat when you are hungry.
Most of the first trimesters I ate lots of carbs and lots of take out or fast food because preparing food (cutting it, handling it, etc) made me puke. Generally I would choose the thing least nauseating to eat. I could eat better towards mid pregnancy but had to go back to carbs for breakfast in the 3rd since eggs started making me nauseated again. I didn’t eat like any veggies the first trimesters.
You don’t need that many extra calories really but you’ll find you might be constantly starving at times so you have to eat so you won’t puke. You need more calories breastfeeding fulltime than being pregnant.
Post # 24
baller123 : I’m 5’3″ and 105 lbs and that’s my pre pregnancy weight too. During my pregnancies I ate about 2000-2500 calories per day?
First time I had gestational diabetes so I met with a nutritionist regularly and kept a food journal for both my doctor and nutritionist to see. I didn’t gain enough weight according to them, about 15 lbs weight gain, but my baby was fine. I ate less junk food because of daibetes.
Second time I didn’t have daibetes and was again not really gaining enough weight, but (same) doctor was more relaxed about it.
I tried my best to eat healthy, 5 food groups….. I put the food sheet on the fridge and tried to eat well. 100 calories from a glass of milk isn’t the same as 100 calories from chips.
I also walk to work, so 30 minutes a day. About splenda, I asked the nutritionist and she said it’s ok. I had gestational diabetes, so yeah, I had to have a diet Coke, which I prefer anyway. I haven’t had a regular coke forever. But I’m sure it doesn’t mean drink gallons of it. Once a day, moderation. I had my cup of coffee every morning, cheese, fish…..
Post # 25
Redholix : eating spices in your food is not an issue. Unless you are taking tarragon pills or drinking tarragon essential oils I really wouldn’t worry. Use common sense. Don’t eat raw foods or things with mayo, egss, that have been sitting out all day. Follow the news for any listeria or salmonella outbreaks because it’s usually in things you wouldn’t think about (for everyone worrying about some sliced turkey most outbreaks are for other things like recently extra cheese goldfish crackers)
Post # 26
baller123 : Tarragon in tea should be fine. Don’t overthink this too much. Stay away from raw meats, coffee, etc. Talk to your doctor.
I’m concerned that you’re not eating enough on a regular day though. A PP mentioned that 1200-1400 calories is not enough for someone of your height. Perhaps use this experience as an opportunity to evaluate your relationship with food and calories? I have suffered from an eating disorder, and I used my pregnancy as an opportunity to embrace food and kick my artificial sweeteners habit (diet pop, splenda, “zero calorie” drinks). After I gave birth, I kept up my new habits and was surprised at how my body responded and lost the pregnancy weight. I feel much happier and healthier today than ever before 🙂
Post # 27
Nasia D. : Pregnancy is some serious condition
For women with complications this is true, but for the majority of women pregnancy and birth isn’t a medical emergency to fret over. I wish people would stop treating healthy pregnancies like these awful maladies which must be carefully controlled or monitored. Common sense goes a long way in a healthy pregnancy!
Post # 28
MrsBuesleBee : Thank you!!
baller123 : I stay away from splenda even pre pregnacy, so personally I’d stay away during as well. I rather go without any sort of sweetener/sugar, than something as artificial as splenda. But that’s something i’d probably as your OB about.
Post # 29
I was so sick in my first tri it was an effort to keep down any calories at all. My diet pretty much consisted of Ritz crackers and chicken noodle soup, and I lost 5 lbs after starting at an underweight BMI. Pretty sure I didn’t touch a vegetable for about three months lol (and I normally really like veggies!). My doctor wasn’t worried though – and I quickly gained it all back and then some once the 2nd tri started. At 25 weeks I’m now right on track in terms of weight gain despite losing so much in the beginning. If you’re feeling good, I’d just eat like you normally do but maybe try to incorporate more veggies, plenty of protein, and healthy stuff…I wouldn’t worry about counting calories or anything unless your doctor advises you to do that.
Post # 30
I ate lots of gas station hot dogs (for breakfast) and chocolate bars and trans fats and red dye no. 3. I did try to make sure I had some protein each day but other than that, it was a crapshoot.
Baby arrived healthy and normal. I mean, I probably should have ate healthier but I just ate what I could keep down and What sounded good which happened to be gas station food.