Post # 1
I have seen a couple posts on here about weight gain and exercise, and I was just curious. I have heard that starting in the 2nd trimester you are supposed to increase your caloric intake to 300 a day…is anyone making sure to do that, or are you just kind of guessing? It just occured to me that I am eating pretty close to how I ate pre pregnancy, other than trying to squeeze in more protein which I never cared about before. While I always tried to eat healthy mostly, I never tracked calories before so I wouldn’t even know what daily amount to shoot for now.
I am gaining weight steadily so I guess it’s working, but I was just curious how other pregnant ladies adjusted their daily eating, if they did, or if they just do what I do- eat when they’re hungry and don’t think about calories.
Post # 3
I am not pregnant, but if and when I ever am, I would talk to my doctor about my daily intake and then up it by 300 calories a day. It is my understanding you are suposed to be eating 300 calories a day more throughout the entire pregnancy.
I am willing to bet I would be eating way more than that though!
Post # 4
Not really. I just make sure I dont follow the “you’re eating for two” mantra. You do only get an extra 300 calories a day. My diet didnt change much, but there were a few days/weeks when I felt out of control so I started counting and found that while I was eating more frequently, the meals were smaller so my caloric intake was stable. Im at 26 weeks today and have gained 13lbs so far.
Dont just eat empty calories (chips, all carbs, etc) but if you eat when you are hungry and are getting enough healthy food, you should be ok.
Post # 5
I just eat when I’m hungry and try to make sure that it’s healthy. Like you, I’m more concerned with getting a lot of protein and I always have snacks with me.
Post # 6
Absolutely not. But stringency stresses me out so it wouldn’t be helpful for me. I eat when I’m hungry and have become quite a nibbler since baby takes up too much room for big meals now and it would be ridiculous to try and keep track of all the nibbles. Plus with exercizing my doctor said well you should probably be eating more like 600 calories extra. But who knows, everyones metabolism and response to pregnancy is different so I feel like sticking with 300 calories could be cutting you and the baby short or it could be way too much extra for some people.
I try to eat healthy, stay active and the baby makes it pretty impossible to gorge myself. I feel like those things will be much better for baby than being strict on calories.
Post # 7
no, i don’t do that either. as my appetite started to increase at the end of the 1st/beginning of the 2nd trimester, i just started eating an extra snack or two during the day (fruit, yogurt, granola bars, nuts, cheese crackers, etc) and usually have a bowl of cereal with soymilk before bed so that i dont wake up at 3am starving (it has happened!). i believe in just listening to your body, but not going overboard.
Post # 8
@Tatum: No, I haven’t been keeping track and I was actually thinkng about this the other day, wondering if I am eating the right amount of calories. Like PP, I pretty much eat when I’m hungry, stick to healthy foods, lots of protein, and snack throughout the day.
Post # 9
Oh geeze, that would be a quick way to make myself go batty! Like KellyV, I haven’t been “eating for two” and I’ve actually found that my meals are smaller. I’ve gained 2# and I’m 18weeks so it’s working. I’m small framed and my doctor is happy so that’s all that counts.
Post # 10
I’ve been “counting” for YEARS now- my mom implemented it when we were children and now I don’t really need to count. I know that 4oz of baked chicken is x amount of calories and I do the math in my head. I don’t think I’ve been upping my count like I’m supposed to though. But, I’m also losing weight (monitored by my endo. doc of course) so I’m not really sure if it applies to me?
Post # 11
No I never counted before but I eat pretty much the same as I did before I was pregnant – I sometimes eat a mid-morning snack (like an english muffin or a granola bar) if I feel like I’m getting shakey or light-headed.
Post # 12
I haven’t been counting calories. It’s kind of just about survival right now– eating frequently to prevent nausea (I’ve learned the hard way not to let myself go too long without food) + choosing healthy snacks + upping my protein intake. Throwing in counting calories would probably be too much. I figure if I’m doing all that and exercising regularly, then I’m probably doing exactly what my body needs me to. Just hoping preventing nausea won’t be as big of a factor in my eating habits in the 2nd trimester.