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#1 of 7 Old 10-30-2008, 01:50 PM - Thread Starter
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I was doing Weight Watchers online, and had lost 13 kilos since June (28+ pounds). I was able to come down to a weight I have not had since 2004! :

Anyway, I still had 37 lbs to lose before reaching my ideal weight, but I have just found out I am pregnant.

I want to continue eating healthy and avoiding too many calories (points)
What I need to know is: How many is healthy for a pregnant woman who is 37lbs overweight?

Also, I was about to start T-Tapp exercise program, but don't know if I can do it while pregnant

P.S. I was not sure if this was the correct sub-forum
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During the first trimester you are supposed to eat the same as you do to maintain the weight you were before you got pregnant.

During the second trimester you may add up to 300 calories more a day. During the third trimester it can go up to 500 calories. I'm sure it can vary from person-to-person, though.

That said, it can very hard to count calories while pregnant, because of things like morning sickness and heartburn. Some days you will eat a lot less than you are supposed to and some days you will end up eating more (especially if you had m/s or h/b for a while).

As long as you are getting steady exercise (low-impact is best if you haven't been doing a lot before) and eating healthy things (lots of fruits, veggies, and protein), you shouldn't worry about dieting right now.

I totally know how you feel, though. I had lost a lot of weight this year, but then I gained about 15 pounds right before this pregnancy. I wanted to be really careful about calories at first, but it gets to be very hard to keep track of due to all the factors involved (had horrible m/s and h/b).

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whatever you do not stavre yourself,.... I know that seems obvious, but it isn't I think to some people. gaining some weight is part of pregnancy. just try to keep it in a healthy range and you can start losing when you have the baby =) make sure whatever you do, to eat enough EFAs and good clean fat/protien to help baby develop neurologically and physically.

and hey, lots of us have been there! I am pregnant and I was still 15lbs shy of my goal bleh! it happens.

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Congrats on your pregnancy!

Last time I was pregnant, I paid more attention to nutrients then calories/points. I had just lost a bunch of weight from my first son when I became pregnant with my second. I was a healthy weight (BMI 22.8) and managed to keep it at 25 pounds gain even.

What I did worked really well for me. I drank TONS of water every day. I weighed myself every day to make sure I was keeping track. If I gained more than a couple of pounds in a week, I'd pay better attention to my eating habits and make sure I wasn't eating a lot of sugar or empty calories. If I went a couple weeks without gaining weight (once I was in the 2nd tri), I would make an effort to eat more and to eat more calorie-dense food. I lost weight in the beginning bc of morning sickness (toast, toast and more toast, anyone?) and then leveled back up & gained my 25 from there. I tried to eat TONS of protein every day, and made sure I chose whole grains and ate whatever fruits and veggies I could. I was vegetarian (except a few episodes of momentary insanity) and ate a lot of dairy. I couldn't eat any sugar (even fruit) for a long time, because it made me really queasy really quickly. Fortunately sugar isn't full of nutrients I HAD to have.

Most of the time, besides keeping an eye on my weight (I was trying to gain at LEAST 25 for a healthy baby and was trying not to gain more than 35) as I mentioned above, I mostly kept track of water intake, and protein. A lot of protein. Read the Brewer's diet site & tried to loosely follow the suggestions there for types and amounts of protein.

Hope this helps!

ETA: Oh, and I stayed really active to make sure I was giving myself the best health for my VBAC and moving a lot to keep baby in good postition with gravity per Spinningbabies.

From everything I've heard, 20-25 pounds is the bare min. That is the approx. weight of the increased maternal blood volume, some needed fat stores, 'water' weight, the weight of the baby, placenta, the anmiotic fluid.
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I lost 15# with WW right before I got pregnant with DD. I stopped counting points/calories altogether and just promised myself that I would limit my sugar intake and eat only healthy foods, but I at as much healthy food as I wanted/needed. I was able to listen to my body's cues and only gained 25 # while pregnant (which is what my MW wanted me to gain). I also lost all the weight within 3 weeks post-partum. So, my advice: listen to your body. If it's telling you it needs ice cream, have a yogurt instead.

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My diabetic counselor recommends 30g carbs for breakfast, 45g carbs for lunch, 45g carbs for dinner, and 15g carbs for snacks. Protein, fat, fiber are unlimited. HTH!
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I did ww for a while and there should be a section in the book for nursing mothers. It shows a chart and how many points to add. I kind of corolated nursing with pregnancy so that's what I added. With my last pregnancy I kind of went with that. The points boiled down to, for me, a peanut butter sandwich on wheat and a glass of milk extra.

I understand how important it is to stick with the program to stay in the habit of counting the points, etc. But make sure to eat when you are hungry, points or not, and gl! And wow congrats on your weight loss and pregnancy!

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