Who has gone sugar free in pregnancy? I like the idea in theory but since I'm against artificial sweeteners the thought of spending the last 12 weeks without sugar in my oatmeal or honey in my tea seems overwhelming. Is it possible to have just small amounts of sugar (like sugar in my oatmeal every now and then or a dessert once per week) or does that make it hard to cut the cravings completely? I am also dairy-free so it seems pretty restricting to me.
I'm 8wks and I've gained about a pound. Compared to my two previous pregnancies, which were not paleo and not sugar-free, I had already gained 5lbs...
With my 2nd pregnancy, my MW was really, really good about gently keeping me on track and not eating sweets (though I CRAVED them). I only gained 30-35lbs that pregnancy. (Compared to the 55+ of my first.)
Also, it's better for the baby. Baby's pancreas has to deal with all the sugar, too.
However, I do eat fruit, honey, molasses and the rare chocolate (I'm only human!) sometimes. I have to force myself to eat meat and fish, for some reason I don't crave them at all. Also drinking lots of raw milk for the X-factor vitamins, as well as the natural vitamins and minerals in there.
I was diary, soy and egg free while nursing my daughter because she had reactions to them, and she weaned while I was pregnant so I have since added those back in, but no where near like I used to eat before I started nursing her. I used to eat candy bars, soda and cakes a few times a week. Last pregnancy I gained 12 pounds by 15 weeks. This pregnancy, I have gained 1 pound at 15 weeks. Granted I had HG, but I am eating way less sugar-y, high carb foods in general, no HFCS (I do indulge in a soda once in a while)
A lot of processed sugar makes me sick, I could never do a bowl of cereal in the morning, even as a kid, or I would get the shakes. And for some reason, this pregnancy, high sugar foods made me very sick in the first few weeks, so I gave up all juices, boxed cereals, and stuff like pancakes with syrup. Now I just use a little bit for flavor
i have some insulin resistance issues, and so i use organic Erythritol rather than sugar and save honey for a special treat.
So what if I don't fit cleanly into a defined parenting style, my kids don't fit into a personality archetype either!
Mommy to Little Girl, Age 3. Baby Boy, Age 8 months.
I've also tried to limit white breads/flours, but not eliminated carbs or starches altogether. I've avoided things like french fries and gone for whole-grain breads (which we typically eat, anyway).
I'm plus-sized to begin with, but haven't gained in my pregnancies until the VERY end - and only a little (after losing in the first tri, so I maybe end up even). My MW's biggest concern is not having a baby that's bigger than it needs to be due to empty calories, and my babies have definitely benefited. My first (not with her) was 7lb14oz, and my 2nd was 7lb2oz and 3rd was 7lb4oz.
Anyway, I think it's entirely possible to do with whatever guidelines fit you best. I'm not entirely looking forward to it right now as sweets are sounding good periodically here. But, I know it's a good thing for both me and the baby! I think the only bad thing is that if you go back to a more indulgent diet after baby is born, you may not like the results.
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.
I usually consume very few high-carb foods, but unfortunately it's been all I've been wanting to eat during my pregnancy. I am now trying to cut back to reduce the craving. Also, eating more protein and filling up on veggies will help you not gain weight too fast and have fewer cravings (btw, I am not a fan of any crazy low-carb diets!).
Still do lots of fruit and veggies and protein but my guys aren't about to give up their potatoes and brownies.
I jut make everything from scratch so I can control the quality of ingredients.
I do eat a lot of fruits (melons and berries mostly .. and apples now that they're coming into season) which do not make me sick at all. If you eat the whole fruit the sugars come as a complete package with all of the water, fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients in the fruit so not only does it not spike/plummet your blood sugar, but you're nourishing your body and your baby. I personally see a lot of benefits to replacing sugar and desserts and with fruits & berries ... which can be just as tasty and don't leave me feeling sick. So I eat oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins, instead of sugary yogurt I eat plain yogurt with berries, dessert becomes stewed plums or fresh watermelon, etc.
One thing to keep in mind is that lacking protein in your diet can cause you to crave sweets more, so if you are craving a lot of sweets you might want to evaluate how much protein you're getting.