Well, I lost about 5 early on, and have now gained that back plus 3, so I don't know whether to say I gained 3 or 8 lbs, at 19 weeks. I started out pretty trim--actually, losing that 5 lbs probably put me around ideal weight for me, considering the amount of muscle mass I have (i.e. a bit less than I'd like--I wouldn't mind weighing more if it was muscle, not fat).
At my last appointment, my OB told me I need to eat more, and I was sort of offended. I have definitely increased my calorie intake from pre-preg, but more than that, I've been trying to eat really healthy, varied, balanced meals. I eat when I'm hungry, I continue eating until I'm full, and I don't try to limit the amount of healthy food I take in (I do limit sweets, junk, etc.). I tried to tell her that, and she didn't want to hear it--just, "you need to eat more". I don't feel like I can physically eat MORE--I guess I could cut out some fruit/veggies/protein and replace them with cupcakes, but honestly that doesn't seem like a good idea.
Everything seems to be going very well with baby's development, my health, etc., and I believe I should trust my body unless it seems like something is going wrong. I also get irritated when friends/coworkers etc. tell me, "this is your time to splurge, why don't you have some of this (cake/brownies/ice cream/etc.)?" Actually, I feel like this is my time to eat as healthy
as possible, because I'm responsible not only for my own well-being, but for the development of another human being, and I think we'll both
do better on healthy whole foods than on refined starches, hydrogenated fats, and sugar.
Ok, rant off.