Can Only Eat Fatty Foods

QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
My name is Chiara and I am about 2½ months into my first trimester with my first pregnancy.

From the beginning, I have had unhealthy eating habits with this pregnancy. I was the type of person where fried chicken was a once a month treat. I ate very healthy. Yet due to the pain in my stomach -- feels very acidy, the only kinds of food that take the pain away are heavy foods, anything breaded, basically unhealthy. Fruits, salads, wheat bread, etc. only add to my pain and make things worse. For example, if I eat Chicken Selects from McDonalds -- 32g of fat says it all, that will last me about 4 hours without pain. If I eat a salad, it will last about 1 hour without pain.

I have already gained 15 pounds; I am gaining the weight too fast. Please let me know what I can do about all this weight. It is not healthy. I still try to work out as much as I can, when not in pain.

Your advice would be extremely appreciated. Thank you!

ANSWER

First, I would speak with your OB/GYN about the complaints you are having. If you are having that much pain in your stomach and it is causing you to change your eating habits than you need to be seen by your doctor. Your doctor will be able to pinpoint your problem and help you come up with a plan to manage the problem. It would be helpful to also ask your doctor for a referral to a registered dietitian.

A dietitian can help you to setup a healthy eating plan that will support your pregnancy and manage your weight as well as your stomach complaints.

Good luck,
-- Kimberly, RD LD

Kimberly Tessmer

Kimberly A. Tessmer, RD LD has been a registered dietitian since 1992 and is also an Ohio licensed Dietitian. Her educational achievements include a Bachelor of Science in Technology (Dietetics) from Bowling State University in Bowling Green, OH. She currently owns and operates a consulting business called "Nutrition Focus" www.nutrifocus.net, in which she specializes and offers services in the areas of weight management, general nutrition, authoring, menu development and a variety of other services.

To date Kim has authored three books including "The Everything® Nutrition Book", "Tell Me What To Eat If I Have Celiac Disease", and "The Everything® Pregnancy Nutrition Book". In addition, Kim has written numerous articles for various health/nutrition web sites and magazines including Bally Total Fitness Magazine, Well and Healthy Women Magazine and Healthology.com, Inc as well as continuing education courses for www.care2learn.com. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the ADA Practice Group, Nutrition Entrepreneurs.