Post # 1
So I’ve read a pamphlet today on what to eat everyday during pregnancy. Wow! Does anyone else find it overwhelming?
Between trying to take all the vitamins, drink enough water, remember the do not eat list, I’m finding it really hard to even think about consuming the suggested amount of foods per group.
Im fortunate to have not vomited or had any serious food aversions, but how do women with extreme sickness in pregnancy manage to keep up their nutrient levels?
Do you ladies have meal plans, assistance?
Post # 2
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
Post # 3
Twizbe : less than 20mg caffeine a day or less than 200mg? I haven’t given up coffee entirely but I don’t have it every day. When I do it’s only one shot latte.
Post # 4
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
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
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 # 7
Thanks everyone. It was more about the amount of servings they were suggesting. 8 servings of grains/bread/pasta a day! I guess that would help with the weight gain I need for twins 🤣
Post # 8
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
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