cabbit - I know, isn't this thread great? Personally, I'm not paying much attention to weight gain. I don't own a scale, so that helps! My belly is popping out quickly, but I figure that also might just be what my body wants to do (my boobs grew quickly too!). My midwives have told me they don't really care about me hitting any particular weight gain boundaries either, that they're more concerned that I'm healthy and eating well. I love them. Of course, I know a lot of people have different opinions about weight gain!
Speaking of my midwives and food, we had an appointment yesterday with one of them, and I always feel SO refreshed and reassured after speaking with them. I talked with them yesterday about how I'd been craving red meat so much more, and how my body seems to really really really love it in comparison to the other leaner, "healthier" kinds of meat (or compared to vegetables). And she said, "if that's what baby wants, that's what you should eat!" Yes, she suggested I try getting leaner cuts of red meat, and we agreed I shouldn't go out for burgers and fries all the time, but it's so nice to hear that I have the go ahead to really eat the food that's making me feel so good right now. On the flip side, it's fine for me to eat carbs too (meat and carbs seem to be the most feel-good foods right now), but I want to be careful to eat more complex carbs than not, and to spread out my carb intake over the day. Interestingly, she also said that if I really do feel the need to eat a big pile of processed carbs for a meal, to make sure I exercise for 30 minutes after eating. Helps your body process it.
Anyway, I was so frustrated with my relationship with food last week, just because I felt like I wasn't eating what I "should." This week feels so much better.