I have (up until about 2 weeks ago) been one of those people who doesn't eat very well...sometimes it's 3pm and I've eaten a banana all day and finally get hungry enough to sit down for lunch
I am in no way under nurished (5'5 145lbs) I just didn't get hungry much!
Now, all I want to do is eat! I had a nice balanced lunch an hour ago, an my stomach is already growling!
I don't want to gain like 50lbs! what have you ladies who have been through this before done to keep a healthy weight?
Working, freshly graduated! mama. Loving life with DH , DD 7/09, and DS 06/11 .
Yea, today I'm dealing with wondering if I'm hungry becuase I'm fatigued or if I need calories. I gained 40 last time, and it came right off, I believe it was the weight I was meant to gain for many reasons, but still, I worry about 70lbs! And I've been eyeing the box of convenience freezer waffles I bought, I want the whole box! I never have that in my house. I'm nursing once a day still, so I have no clue what I really need at this point. ...and I empathize with you, my hunger triggers I usually rely on seem to be broken in the On mode.
Just keep it healthy. I firmly believe that what ever weight you put on with quality nutritious calories will come off easier than twinky weight (even organic twinkies - ha ha!) --that's as much to convince me to leave the box of waffles alone as it is offering advice.
I asked my sister-in-law/doula, and she said as long as I'm making reasonably healthy choices, I should eat what I want. Eating a small amount very frequently helps with nausea, and as your pregnancy progresses you need more calories. However, I am kind of becoming alarmed at how often I want an entire bowl of pasta or something, so here's what I've been doing:
I bought some salted mixed nuts, and I keep them next to me when I'm sitting here at my computer. They're fatty, but they're largely good fats and there's plenty o' nutrients in there. Also, I bought a box of organic tomato soup and I'm just pouring myself some, microwaving it, and carrying it around with me. I bought fresh green beans and a tub of cottage cheese, and put scallions, dill, and salt and pepper in the cottage cheese...then I can dip the green beans in. Basically, I'm finding reasonably healthy things that I can nibble on all the time. And then yeah, at meal times, I eat as much as I want of whatever we are making. It's not so much that I want to eat a ton of food at a time, small amounts are fine, I just want to eat constantly.
I'm eating less now that I'm feeling better and back working. So I'm away from my fridge. But, I do eat pretty healthy. Lots of fresh veggies, fruits and now I'm eating more protein because I heard it was good for the baby. I still do eat a bit more than normal, I just eats small snacks in between meals and my tummy is doing pretty good. I've only felt nauseous once so far. It'd be so nice if it says away.
Jessie. Mama to (7) : (4) and : 22 mo
I'm sure a lot of weight gain is just what your body does, but you can definitely help it along by eating what your body needs. I am not sure that I will be able to be as strict with myself this time. It is just harder to feel as focused on this pregnancy- it was all I thought about last time. I think I am going to drink a 6 oz cup of coffee every day this time, instead of quitting, for instance.
Even now, 1 month in, I am starving all of the time. I wake up in the middle of the night hungry. It is ridiculous.
I figure I can always lose the weight once the baby is born. It took about nine months, but it came off with no effort other than nursing DS. Pregnancy can be so uncomfortable in so many ways, I am not adding sitting around hungry all day to that list!
I ate a pound of steamed muscles the other day (which is only about 200-300 calories at most) and I was the most satisfied I've been since conception. Iron, zinc, and calcium. mmm...I might have to go get some for lunch now that I bring it up again. For sake of convenience, maybe I need an oyster po-boy. I don't live on the seashore, I just have a pretty good fish store locally.
I have gained about 40 lbs with both my pregnancies, and each time its taken me about 18 months to take the weight off again, but it has come off eventually. The main thing is to stay healthy and eat well, not to obsess too much about how much you eat in a day.
I'm going to try to keep up with drinking a green smoothie every day, too. They are delish and sooo good for you. My fav is 2 bananas, 2 cups of water, a handful of frozen berries, 2 big bunches of baby spinach or romain, and 2 stalks of kale. Blend and drink! You can add ice instead of water if you like it slushy.
It kind of worries me because I am nursing DS too.
The Hippie & the Marine
My boys: S (4) & O (2) & Expecting #3 in Dec. 2011
I have been hungry all the time with all of my pregnancies
I started my first pregnancy with DD at a nice 125 and Im 5/4ish
I was put on bedrest at 20 weeks and ended up gaining 60 lbs and a fe wmore(didnt weigh in on delivery day)
Next I had my DS and was 131 to start and gained 53 lbs
Now Im starting at 137 and Im eating too much already.
I soo need to eat alittle less.. I seem to be so busy then BAM it hits me that Im starving then I wayy over eat and the cycle goes on and on
At the begining you actually dont really need to eat extra calories if you are a healthy weight but then I believe your supposed to up it by 400-500cals a day in the 2nd and third tri
I probably did this from 10 dpo
Its a GIRL! Alyssa Ann 6/29/10 7lbs 5 oz
i know from experience that i will quickly lose my appetite and probably won't regain it until the second trimester.
and be prepared for the last trimester. during my last pregnancy, my son took up so much of my body that i could only eat teeny portions at a time. yet i was still ravenous! it was actually pretty infuriating. i felt like i was eating all day. i'd cook all afternoon for a meal that i could only eat three bites of. and then i'd have to re-heat the leftovers in two hours to satisfy the rumble in my stomach.
Wife to j, homeschooling mom to five wonders
I did however come into this pregnancy with a tummy, so it would be nice if my body used some of that stored fat to feed the baby!