I totally outed myself on the food thread, but I really am trying to be responsible.
My last couple of pregnancies, I gained 50-70 pounds. With dc5 was born, I weighed 230, which is 80-90 pounds over a healthy weight for me. I ate strict paleo when she was about 6 months old, and finally lost it all by the time she was about 8-9 months old. I lost 40 pounds in 2 months. It was crazy. I was eating plenty, had TONS of energy, and all the weight just melted off. Then, we all got sick, and had to travel a ton, and lots of crazy stuff happened, and eating out and blah blah blah, and here I am, newly pregnant at 165...15-25 pounds more than I ought to be. Arguably, this would be an acceptable END weight for a pregnancy. :/
It's not a vanity thing, truthfully. I can just hardly function when I get that heavy. I'm worried about it. 6 kids, ages 9 and under...I must be able to function well, and not be heaving around an extra 80-100 pounds. No way. I know that one of the reasons I gain so much is because I get dehydrated, and was drinking Gatorade to fix it. Now I'm smarter, and I'm really, really watching water intake and eating a banana with salt daily. Also, I'm being careful not to drink calories, unless they are reasonably worthwhile (orange juice, a little milk), AND I mentally add them to what I have consumed. I'm also trying to pay attention to calories in/calories out. If I'm hungry, I eat, but I try to eat a smaller portion and see if that works before I eat more. Also trying to exercise, but am aware that when I do, I should eat a little more. It's hard to balance. I don't want to not give the baby enough, but I also need to stay healthy.
I realized that if I ate a banana, 1/4 cup of walnuts, an apple with 2T of almond butter, a baked potato with 2T of butter, 2 eggs, an orange, and a cup of blueberries, that's something like 1000 calories. That's a lot of stuff to snack on throughout the day, and all of it is good for me. I also realized I can eat a bread pan full of raw broccoli and it only is another 100 calories. If I could make myself eat strict paleo (but plenty of sweet potatoes, and even some white potatoes), I'd feel so good. So, that's my goal, but...seems to be a long time coming.
Anyone else? What are your strategies for taking care of baby and keeping weight gain under control?