In my last two pregnancies, I over ate the entire time. I gained 45+ lbs each time! Finally, I am on a healthy path and I'd like to stay that way but, how many calories are the right amount in the first tri? I read a bunch of different guidelines online but don't know which to follow. If you're not preggo, do you have plans yet regarding weight gain? If you are preggo, what are you doing? With Seth, at this time, I was eating a box of Nutty Buddies!! Never again!!
Drake (9 )
I way over ate with my first, I gained 40lbs, and I'm overweight to begin with. I did much better with my 2nd, and only gained 15lbs.
Then again with #3 I ate too much, part of it was we were living at my mom's house and they always have junk food. I'm really bad about seeing it and eating it. We don't keep junk food in our house. What we do have is for DH's lunch. I make sure he buys things I don't like, like things with nuts.
I'm really going to be careful this time, I lost 20lbs from May to now and learned that I have some food allergies and sensitivities.
So I'm off wheat, sugar and corn. That does help with the eating, knowing that it will make me feel ill, or in the case of corn get hives.
As far as calories go, I have always heard that you only need to eat an extra 500 cal a day .
With both of my previous pgs I weighed in at 160lbs when I delivered, even though I was 130lbs when I got pg with DS1 and 125lbs with DS2, I always ended the same. Although with DS1 I gained most of my weight toward the end of my pg (last 8-10 weeks) but with DS2 I gained over half of the weight before I even hit my last trimester, so the gains were completely different. This time I'm starting out at 135lbs (my highest non-pg weight ever ) so I'm hoping to end at 160lbs again. I did nothing special, I had a lot of aversions, and obviously the bigger the baby gets the less you can fit in your stomach, and I was too tired and lazy to make stuff most of the time lol. I really don't plan on doing anything different, except that I will be trying to exercise this time, something I never do (ever), I ordered a set of pg fitness DVDs so I'm going to try to do those and get at least into a little bit of shape while I'm pg.
I gained 50 with mine. My attitude at the time was, I'm pregnant, so I can eat whatever I want now. But if there's a next time, I will definitely use more self-control. I've lost all the baby weight and THEN some, down to a healthy weight now, so I don't want to ruin that! Besides, I want to stay healthy
~Remembering my father~
*Feb 1931 - Oct 2012*
HA HA! I definitely over ate with DD. I gained 50 lbs too. Partially bc I was so exhausted during my first trimester that I ate a lot of pasta. Easy to make. But then about half way through I got a killer sweet tooth and couldn't let a cookie pass me by. I guess that wives tale about girls and sweets is true.
Liam Matthew is here!! 10/18/2012 9lbs 6oz 20 inches
Big Sister Erin Grace - Feb. 2010
I gained 28 pds with DS... I had some cravings here and there but really didnt over eat much.. I drank at least 60 oz of water a day so i think that helped with the weight gain... I plan on doing the same thing when I get pregnant cause Im 13 pds heavier than i was when i got pregnant with ds so i dont want to gain much weight
Not pregnant...yet. One of the courses I teach is Nutrition (for pre-nursing students) although I have to say that I am really not qualified to teach it! None of our instructors are dieticians and we have had no luck finding one to teach part-time. So, it is what it is. We bring in experts to guest lecture over topics like the role of diet in pregnancy and heart disease. Here is my understanding (with no references): no/little addition in calories in first trimester (follow normal recommendation of 2100-2300 calorie diet), 200-300 additional calories in second trimester, 400-500 calories in third trimester and into breastfeeding stage. My numbers might be a little off, but it's something close to that. Most ob offices can help with recommendations for nutritionists/dieticians in your area. If you're concerned about gaining too much, too little, or not getting all the right nutrients, my suggestion is to meet with someone to do some diet planning. My personal philosophy is that a pregnant woman should only eat foods that they would be comfortable feeding a newborn (whole foods, no processed foods, etc.). Just had to throw in my two cents. Hope to see some healthy moms on the Oct board!