So I have two hopes/goals with this pregnancy-- first is to gain an appropriate amount of weight, given that I am overweight (size 22ish)... I think I was about a size smaller with my girls, but I was younger (27 & 29). I really didn't gain tons of weight with them. So I know I *can* have a healthy plus-sized pregnancy (though my long-term goal is really to get to a smaller size, which for me size 14/16 would be comfortable which is the low-end of the sizes I've been as an adult, and stabilize there... hoping that breastfeeding will help me this time around, it usually does though I've let the weight come back on in the past!)
My second and most important goal, related to the first, is to do everything I can nutritionally to avoid any potential pregnancy issues that come from being an older, plus-sized mama (I'm 35 this time around, will be 36 at time of birth). I'm thinking gestational diabetes, high blood pressure/pre-eclampsia, anything like that, etc. So if you have any info on having a healthy natural pregnancy and how eating traditional/whole foods helps with this, please throw it my way! I've read a lot about the conception stuff but other than the Modern Alternative Mama which someone mentioned above, and I think something on The Healthy Home Economist blog, I am scrambling to find good food for thought/info, so to speak...
So, the first trimester there is not the huge focus on protein, in general? Or is that just Nina Planck? I know that was an issue with me last time, my midwife kept getting on me about my lack of protein so I am definitely going to prioritize that, though because I eat differently now I suspect my protein intake is OK. I barely even though about nutritional issues with my first two pregnancies, I must confess, and I hate that. :(
Do people here just tend to use their intuition or does anyone track protein to make sure that is OK?