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post #21 of 39

You know, drinking Recharge or something with electrolytes helps when I can't seem to drink enough water.

post #22 of 39

That's an idea.  I've never thought of that, thanks!
 

post #23 of 39

I started this pregnancy a little overweight (thanks PCOS) and up about 8 lbs from my "normal" weight thanks to the fertility drugs.  However since my first visit I have only gained 14-16 lbs which is making the midwives/doctors a little nuts since recommended weight gain for twins is 20 lbs by 20 weeks (I gained no weight before 20 weeks) and overall 40-50 lbs.  I have started to gain 1-2 lbs a week since 30 weeks.  My girls look healthy on all the scans and their weights are in good ranges so that is all that matters. 

 

The suggested calorie and protein intake is ridiculous, I would have to eat a whole cow and a refrigerator full of junk food to get in 3500 calories and 200 grams a protein a day and since I am not a big eater to begin with it has been really, really hard. I would say if you feel comfortable with your weight gain and your child is doing well and is healthy, ignore the doctors/midwives.  Your body knows what is right.

post #24 of 39

200 grams of protein??? Wow. You got an army in there?  My MW told me I only need no more than 60 for one, 2 should be less than half that. My SILs all told me 80-100 a day, but Linda said that was way too much. I'm not a big eater either, or drinker. I force myself to do the limit but I'm not going to eat junk and make myself sick. I totally hear you JodiAriel.

 

And Guen, you're welcome! :) I've had Crohn's for what, 11 years, so I learned tricks like that along the way.

post #25 of 39
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Originally Posted by JodiAriel View Post

 I would say if you feel comfortable with your weight gain and your child is doing well and is healthy, ignore the doctors/midwives.  Your body knows what is right.

 

I was introduced to the concept of "eat what you want, your body knows what it needs" in this, my fourth pregnancy.  It has been working well for me except when I don't listen for a while-- then I end up with a day like yesterday when I ate 5 scrambled eggs with cheese for breakfast and then bought a pound and a half of steak off the clearance section at the grocery, and went home and ate it ALL for lunch!  Seems like I might have been ignoring the protein cravings for a bit too long!

 

Your body does know what is right, but it takes some effort sometimes to listen to it before it starts screaming at you!  redface.gif

post #26 of 39

Just had to say, I saw my MW today and she was very cool about my weight gain this week.  As long as I feel my diet is fine, whatever I gain or don't gain isn't a big deal to her.   Apparently the ACOG used to recommend that you gain 10-12 pounds and that's it, then changed to up to 50, and now is down in the middle at 35.  So that made me feel alot better!  

post #27 of 39
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Originally Posted by wendelberry View Post

 

I was introduced to the concept of "eat what you want, your body knows what it needs" in this, my fourth pregnancy.  It has been working well for me except when I don't listen for a while-- then I end up with a day like yesterday when I ate 5 scrambled eggs with cheese for breakfast and then bought a pound and a half of steak off the clearance section at the grocery, and went home and ate it ALL for lunch!  Seems like I might have been ignoring the protein cravings for a bit too long!

 

Your body does know what is right, but it takes some effort sometimes to listen to it before it starts screaming at you!  redface.gif


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I think that was me with calcium. I was drinking a TON of milk and eating cheese like crazy for a while back a couple months ago. Today it's the homemade caramel I made Tues night.... Don't think I'm craving butter, sugar, honey or half and half for any good reason other than it's so stinkin' tasty though.

post #28 of 39

Anyone finding it difficult to eat these days?  I can drink litres a day (I can't avoid it actually, even if I try), but there are days when I can barely eat a thing.  I have no appetite and no hunger.  I try to force myself to eat and I just can't.  I'm not normally like this when not pregnant. I like to eat!  But I've been feeling really guilty lately that I will go an entire day without eating hardly a thing.  I thought a protein powder might be an idea, so that I'm at least getting something when I'm drinking, but I can't seem to find any without soy in them. :-(

post #29 of 39

After 33 weeks I've gained about 18 kg (40 lbs), which is astounding to me because I don't look like I've gained much. Apart from my gigantic belly, the rest of me is still looking fairly lean, though maybe just slightly chubbier than usual. My pre-pregnancy underwear and most of my t-shirts, hoodies, and jackets, plus some of my stretchier bottoms, still fit! So where's all that 18 kg gone to?

 

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Originally Posted by guen View Post

Anyone finding it difficult to eat these days?  I can drink litres a day (I can't avoid it actually, even if I try), but there are days when I can barely eat a thing.  I have no appetite and no hunger.  I try to force myself to eat and I just can't.  I'm not normally like this when not pregnant. I like to eat!  But I've been feeling really guilty lately that I will go an entire day without eating hardly a thing.  I thought a protein powder might be an idea, so that I'm at least getting something when I'm drinking, but I can't seem to find any without soy in them. :-(

 

Yes, me too. This wasn't a big problem up until about two or three weeks ago. Until that time I was eating like a hog! My baby is high and my stomach is just mashed flat. After eating one apple or a small bowl of rice, I feel full to bursting, in a really uncomfortable way, and it takes a long time for my food to digest. It just sits like a lump in my chest. Plus I've got absolutely no appetite, and feel full even while my stomach is grumbling. I do try to force myself to eat, but I also struggle with feeling nauseous if I eat too much. And yes, I feel guilty also, like I'm starving my baby. Just don't know what to do.

post #30 of 39
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Originally Posted by jeunesdragons View Post

After 33 weeks I've gained about 18 kg (40 lbs), which is astounding to me because I don't look like I've gained much. Apart from my gigantic belly, the rest of me is still looking fairly lean, though maybe just slightly chubbier than usual. My pre-pregnancy underwear and most of my t-shirts, hoodies, and jackets, plus some of my stretchier bottoms, still fit! So where's all that 18 kg gone to?

 

 

Yes, me too. This wasn't a big problem up until about two or three weeks ago. Until that time I was eating like a hog! My baby is high and my stomach is just mashed flat. After eating one apple or a small bowl of rice, I feel full to bursting, in a really uncomfortable way, and it takes a long time for my food to digest. It just sits like a lump in my chest. Plus I've got absolutely no appetite, and feel full even while my stomach is grumbling. I do try to force myself to eat, but I also struggle with feeling nauseous if I eat too much. And yes, I feel guilty also, like I'm starving my baby. Just don't know what to do.

 

 

Yes, exactly.  I'm feeling full even when my stomach is rumbling from hunger.  It never occurred to me that it might be due, at least in part, to carrying high.  It's frustrating to feel hunger pangs in my stomach and faint from low blood sugar but the idea of trying to eat makes me feel ill.  And yes, then even only the smallest portion makes me feel like I've pigged out on two Thanksgiving dinners.  I try to cut back on how much I'm drinking so as not to make the matter worse, but trying to eat when your mouth is dry also doesn't help!  I eat soup.  LOL.

BTW, I am wondering the same thing about my weight gain.  Nothing has gotten bigger on me but my belly!  It'll all look differently after the birth though.... :-/

post #31 of 39

I'm up around 50 so far.  What the heck.  I'm measuring about 5 weeks ahead though and it shows - but I can certainly see the chub in other areas.

My pants, which fit nicely at 20 weeks, are now snug in non-baby related places.  My face looks chubby, and of course, I'm also swollen so my feet and hands are puffy and "tight".  ouch.

I gained about 60 with my last, and weighed myself literally while in labor and then again RIGHT after the birth.  I lost 20-22#!  And then another 10 in the first week or two.  Which was mostly water I assume.  So I have to keep telling myself I just gain a lot of weight and try not to stress (I've had a terrible cold this week, and haven't had much appetite, but I'm sure I'll gain again this coming week at my appt...oh well!)
 

post #32 of 39
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Originally Posted by guen View Post

Anyone finding it difficult to eat these days?  I can drink litres a day (I can't avoid it actually, even if I try), but there are days when I can barely eat a thing.  I have no appetite and no hunger.  I try to force myself to eat and I just can't.  I'm not normally like this when not pregnant. I like to eat!  But I've been feeling really guilty lately that I will go an entire day without eating hardly a thing.  I thought a protein powder might be an idea, so that I'm at least getting something when I'm drinking, but I can't seem to find any without soy in them. :-(

Have you looked online for protein powder? I don't know, but I THINK Garden of Life's protein powders won't have soy, and they're usually half price online compared to the health stores. I know the founder of GoL doesn't do soy unless it's nonGMO, fermented, and in small amounts so I think it wouldn't.

 

I have a hard time eating a lot. I have an apple and some caramel I made sitting here and I'll be doing good to finish it. The caramel is an incentive to keep eating. Bwahaha

 

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Originally Posted by jeunesdragons View Post

After 33 weeks I've gained about 18 kg (40 lbs), which is astounding to me because I don't look like I've gained much. Apart from my gigantic belly, the rest of me is still looking fairly lean, though maybe just slightly chubbier than usual. My pre-pregnancy underwear and most of my t-shirts, hoodies, and jackets, plus some of my stretchier bottoms, still fit! So where's all that 18 kg gone to?

 

 

Yes, me too. This wasn't a big problem up until about two or three weeks ago. Until that time I was eating like a hog! My baby is high and my stomach is just mashed flat. After eating one apple or a small bowl of rice, I feel full to bursting, in a really uncomfortable way, and it takes a long time for my food to digest. It just sits like a lump in my chest. Plus I've got absolutely no appetite, and feel full even while my stomach is grumbling. I do try to force myself to eat, but I also struggle with feeling nauseous if I eat too much. And yes, I feel guilty also, like I'm starving my baby. Just don't know what to do.

I am wearing a regular sweat shirt right now. It's snug but it fits and is warm.

 

Just make sure to eat healthy things, I think babies will all be okay. Right now, they need good fats, so work on that and drink and eat what you are able. : ) Babies will all drop in the next few weeks and we'll be able to make it up then. Mine, well, I have such a small torso, I HOPE I can tell when he drops and it helps breathing and eating.

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Originally Posted by guen View Post

Yes, exactly.  I'm feeling full even when my stomach is rumbling from hunger.  It never occurred to me that it might be due, at least in part, to carrying high.  It's frustrating to feel hunger pangs in my stomach and faint from low blood sugar but the idea of trying to eat makes me feel ill.  And yes, then even only the smallest portion makes me feel like I've pigged out on two Thanksgiving dinners.  I try to cut back on how much I'm drinking so as not to make the matter worse, but trying to eat when your mouth is dry also doesn't help!  I eat soup.  LOL.

BTW, I am wondering the same thing about my weight gain.  Nothing has gotten bigger on me but my belly!  It'll all look differently after the birth though.... :-/

Soup is a good solution! Actually sounds good right now. But I'm still eating the apple. Maybe for supper if the spaghetti doesn't sound good.

 

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Originally Posted by finnegansmom View Post

I'm up around 50 so far.  What the heck.  I'm measuring about 5 weeks ahead though and it shows - but I can certainly see the chub in other areas.

My pants, which fit nicely at 20 weeks, are now snug in non-baby related places.  My face looks chubby, and of course, I'm also swollen so my feet and hands are puffy and "tight".  ouch.

I gained about 60 with my last, and weighed myself literally while in labor and then again RIGHT after the birth.  I lost 20-22#!  And then another 10 in the first week or two.  Which was mostly water I assume.  So I have to keep telling myself I just gain a lot of weight and try not to stress (I've had a terrible cold this week, and haven't had much appetite, but I'm sure I'll gain again this coming week at my appt...oh well!)
 

Lol! I can totally see myself weighing myself when in labor and after. I love keeping stats on things related to my health, and that's one for sure.

post #33 of 39

I also am having trouble eating, I find myself either not hungry or full after a few bites. I have only gained 15 lbs this pregnancy and I have gotten some grief over it but the babies are growing well. I am interested to see what happens to my weight once I have them cause as of 3 weeks ago I had over 9 lbs of baby alone not to mention, fluid, placentas, etc.

post #34 of 39

I've gained 29 lbs and I'm 33 weeks. I'm on track for the same weight gain I had with DD1, which was about 35/36 lbs. Not that worried. It all came off last time. 

post #35 of 39

I'm at 40lbs at 36 weeks.  :(  I didn't want to put this much on, but it's the same as I did with DD, and it all came off.  I'd like to go on to lose extra after this baby comes, so I plan on joining Weight Watchers.  I have good things about the program, and my OB said they have a plan for breastfeeding mamas.  Anyone else use WW?  Did you do meetings or online?  I like my ICAN and LLL meetings, so I think I'll probably like going to WW meettings, too.  :)

post #36 of 39

I'm about 10 pounds behind my last pregnancy's weight gain at this point. Gained about 30 pounds so far!

post #37 of 39

Marmo, WW helped me lose over 60lbs after my second child was born.  I love the WW program.  It really works.  I did meetings, and track my food on their online tracker (etools).  I probably won't have much weight to lose this time around, but I'll probably do WW again.  I highly recommend their program.  Meetings can be great or just okay, depending on who the leader is and if you like their personality/style.  If you can, try out a few different leaders and see who you click with.  I loved going to meetings.  I had friends there, other friends saw me losing weight and decided to join too...it was almost like a mini- mother's night out.  

post #38 of 39

I love WW.  I haven't done it in years but I was talking to my husband about us getting back into shape after this baby (notice the use of the word "us" since he gains baby weight too) and we might try the online one.  I just don't have time to go to meetings but I really like the plan.  I want to buy a good quality digital scale for us to weigh in on.  I really need to get back into shape...this is my 4th baby in 6 years, but my 5th pregnancy (I gained a lot of weight with my MC I never lost) so it's come time to face the music and get back to normal weight.

post #39 of 39

I did WW online after my first, and loved it. Problem is, I reach for packaged foods because points are already calculated.

 

I started this pregnancy at 147 (I'm 5'5 and probably should be another 15-20 below that), 11 lbs lower than with DS1, and 21 lbs lower than with DS2 (thank you, miscarriage weight gain!). With DS1 I gained 39lbs--a lot toward the end was water and I started to develop pre-e a couple of days before my body kicked him out at 36w. All that weight fell right off, though--the first 30 by 8 days PP, the rest by 3 months. WIth DS2, I gained 22 lbs, and after the first 10 that came off with the birth, I struggled with the next 12 for a long time--and that was still another 10 lbs over my usual pre-pg weight, too. I finally lost those last 10, plus 10 more, right before getting this BFP. It took cutting grains to make the scale move. No amount of calorie restriction or exercise, whether small or large, made a difference.

 

This baby was a surprise, and we'd recently started 100% Paleo eating, so I was looking forward to more weight loss--I lost 20 lbs in about 7 weeks. But all I could stomach the first trimester was bread. Enter the instant 7 lb "gluten bloat" within a few days, and then I stayed pretty much steady until the 2nd tri.

 

I'm up a total of 28 lbs now at 33w, and my goal was no more than 30 lbs... I'm a little disappointed, but I kind of don't care (a big part of that is apathy, tbh, but now that I know Paleo works for me, I don't feel total despair). My mw seems happy with my gain. I'm just focused on trying to watch it over these last weeks, as this is when I tend to gain a lot. My first was 7 lbs 5 oz at 36w, 2nd was 7 lbs 10 oz a 38w. I have no idea when to expect this one, either, so that's part of my reasoning--I could go to 41w this time (please no!) and I don't want a 10 lb baby when I'm already trying to do whatever I can to avoid tearing again. 

 

I never did go back to paleo/primal as planned, but am trying to watch my carbs. We'll switch again after the birth, because I've been struggling with prenatal depression and I know that cutting grains and sugars help tremendously for me, and I need to do whatever it takes to avoid PPD again this time. I just haven't been motivated to make the change again while pregnant.

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