Post # 1
Silly post maybe…but not for me! I have a low BMI…5’5 and 108 lbs and that’s fine by me, I think I look normal and healthy. However I am now pregnant, 19 weeks, and the scale hasn’t moved one bit! I am concerned as I’m starting to have a few complications, and I don’t want to continue being low weight…normally I should be gaining. I guess my metabolism is really high and it hasn’t changed during pregnancy.
Any ideas or tips on what to do, or eat? I am going to try to eat more eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, bread, nuts…but I already eat healthy and maybe I just need more? Frequency and larger portions?
My heart dropped a bit when I saw the scale at my last doctor’s appointment as my body is for some reason refusing to gain properly.
Post # 2
Start tracking your calorie intake on myfitnesspal. Ask your doctor for how many calories you should be eating, and make sure you eat that much every day. I would guess at least 2000. Calorie dense foods include nuts, nut butters, avocado, coconut, full fat dairy, fatty cuts of meat, olive oil (well, all oils), chicken with the skin on, etc.
Post # 3
FrenchNewlyWed: Maybe try drinking your calories- like juice milk, smoothies , milkshakes (yum). THat will really help up your intake without making you super full- look for high cal low density options ( nuts are a great choice). Also try drinking ensure or slimfast as a ‘snack’ or even with a meal? ( not as a meal replacement!)
Is your doctor worried? If not I wouldnt worry about it. Your body will likely do what it needs to. If you are like me, worrying also inhibits weight gain so try to relax 🙂
Post # 4
Peanut butter. Large amount of calories in a small amount.
Post # 5
Yes, I would just try eating more. I think peanut butter would be great (small quantity with large calories) and drinking them would be a great way as well (smoothies with protein powder, peanut butter, etc). You could do high calorie meals that are still healthy – like pizzas with lots of cheese, veggies, etc.
Cheeses, nut butters, nuts, avocados, oils will all be great for adding calories without being junk.
Post # 6
FrenchNewlyWed: If your doctor is worried, then I would worry. If the doctor is not worried then just keep doing what you are doing if you feel ok and baby is doing well.
Have you had your thyriod checked? My sister was diagnosed hyperthyriod after her first pregnancy and she could not keep weight on herself. It actually affected her ability to breastfeed her first son. Just something to ask your doctor about if you are concerned.
Post # 7
FrenchNewlyWed: you’re the exact height and weight as me when I got pregnant 🙂 I did not gain til I was 21 weeks, and I had a healthy happy 8 lb 3 ounce baby at 39 1/2 weeks. I gained quite a bit and that last half of my pregnancy.
but if you are concerned about your weight and would like to try to gain, i would recommend lean meats with slow digesting carbs at each meal – sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, whole oats, etc. good luck and congratulations!