Pregnancy nutrition, anyone else struggle to keep up?

posted 9 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
2794 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m pregnant with #2 at the moment and I’ll be honest, I take all the ‘advice’ with a pinch of salt and make my own decisions about the risks I’m willing to take.

for the first trimester in particular it is all about eating what you can and what you can stomach. The baby takes all the nutrients it needs first leaving you with the rest. For a lot of women plain carbs is all they can cope with in the first trimester. For me, I couldn’t stand cooking smells or the smell of our fridge. It meant I was eating lots of easy to make stuff. 

As for the other guidelines (I’m in the UK so some of these are different to other countries) I do the following 

no alcohol (except my glass of champers on Christmas Day) 

less than 20mg of caffeine a day

only lion marked eggs so I can have them runny

cooked through steak / burgers

no high mercury fish

night0wl :  

Post # 4
2794 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

oh yeah – sorry that was a typo 200 lol. 

I will usually use that for chocolate or Diet Coke lol. I have decaf tea and coffee. 

Post # 5
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Obviously discuss any concerns with your doctor but i wouldn’t stress too much. Get a good prenatal vitamin and do your best to eat a variety of unprocessed foods, especially fruits and veggies. Make sure to get in healthy fats (ie: avocado, olive oil) and proteins like beans, chicken, low mercury fish, yogurt etc. Try to limit sugary foods, sodas and junk foods.

That being said I survived off of pretzels, apple sauce, sourdough bread and tabouli for the first 20 weeks. Couldn’t keep much else down. Baby turned out just fine. The midwife said baby will just take what it needs from your stores if you’re diet is deficient. Pregnancy is a crazy time with wierd food aversions, cravings, body changes. I tried to eat healthy and balanced but sometimes I couldn’t and sometimes I needed ice cream and pizza. 

Post # 6
1260 posts
Bumble bee

Just eat healthy, so veggies, protein, fish etc with observation of what you can’t eat, I wouldn’t be following any eating lists strictly, I’m sure you’ll be fine if you’re just being generally healthy (plus supplements).

Post # 8
460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I never paid any attention to serving recommendations – just foods I needed to avoid or be wary of (and obviously alcohol, caffeine etc restrictions).

Just be sensible and you’ll be fine. If you find yourself low on energy, try eating a little more; if you find yourself feeling nauseous, reduce the size of your meals but have more of them (little and often). Everyone is different so you need to find an approach that suits you.

Post # 9
1104 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I wouldn’t go crazy over those guidelines. For my entire first trimester, all I could stomach was watermelon and life cereal. That sustained me and baby, granted I lost 10 lbs. At my 20 week scan, baby was in the 70th percentile. So clearly it didn’t hurt him too much. 

I think it’s really important to take your vitamins, drink PLENTY of water (so important), do your best with eating (lean meats and veggies once you feel better) and don’t drink alcohol. You want a bowl of ice cream occasionally? Go for it

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