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Hi!

Is anyone keeping a food diary or keeping track of the calories that they are eating?

I average about 1500 calories a day (max), and the doctor wants me to eat 2300 calories! And right now, it's a struggle to eat 1500 calories.

So, has anyone seen or been sent to a nutritionist? Counting calories or keeping a food diary?

Anyone elses midwife/ob suggest eating that many calories?

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I am not counting calories. I easily eat that much not pregnant.

You might want to look into the Brewer diet, especially because you've been feeling ill.

I think my baby is a precocious reader, because ze already seems to know Brewer's recommendations - the baby is demanding that I eat several small meals a day, and to load up on protein.

For me, it's been a struggle to eat enough protein, because when you're STARVING right NOW, it just takes too much time to poach a chicken breast. My strategy has been to cook a lot of protein ahead - like hard boiled eggs, having hearty soups in the fridge, making a crockpot roast and slicing it up for sandwiches, that sort of thing.

So, in a typical day, I'm eating something like this:

Smoothee in the morning: frozen fruit: 1/4 C raspberries, 1/2 C blueberries, 1/2 C strawberries, a banana, with 1/2-1 C plain kefir, and sometimes some protein powder. Sometimes milk and yogurt instead of kefir.

I also make a 16 oz travel mug of herbal tea that I take with me.

Mid-morning - about 12 oz of oatmeal I made earlier in the week, I make it with oats, raisins, cranberries, apples, sometimes dried apricots, and some cinnamon and nutmeg, and then I store it in jars in the fridge. I add about 6-8 oz of milk when I eat it, cold.

Lunch - I usually get too hungry and freak a bit, so I stuff a couple of hardboiled eggs in my face before I eat. I try for something like a beef sandwich. That seems good. I have a huge glass of milk with lunch, most days. I often have an apple as dessert, or a sliced up orange.

I aim to have drunk at least 20 oz of water by lunch.

Mid afternoon - a little piece of cheese, I just bought some string cheese for convenience, it's really easy. A boiled egg. Something like that, or a glass of milk with a brownie or a cookie or something sweet.

Later-mid-afternoon - veggies. I fill a container with raw veggies in the morning - baby carrots or carrot sticks (I know baby carrots cost like 10X more, but they are SO convenient!), celery, and a pepper in slices. My goal is to have eaten those veggies by dinner...so I snack on them throughout the day.

Before dinner, I want to have drunk another 20 oz of water.

Dinner - often not as heavy as lunch was, because I'm so tired in the evening. Last night, I had two big bowls of tom yum soup (thai soup with huge chunks of chicken and tofu in it, plus lots of lightly cooked veggies.) Lots of times, I reheat leftovers or something frozen that I made ahead. I use my crockpot A LOT. Most nights, another glass of milk with dinner.

I'm trying to eat a simple salad, mostly romaine lettuce, which I actually often just wash and munch on plain while I'm heating up dinner.

I tend to eat dinner pretty late, so it's often my last food of the day, if not, I'll have a bowl of ice cream after dinner.

And I'm trying to get another 20 oz of water after dinner...but not too close to bedtime!

I'm really struggling with exhaustion, so extra protein and more water should help with that.

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I haven't counted calories since I was dieting last summer. It's too much math!

"They" say you are supposed to eat 300 extra calories a day when you are pregnant. Since the average person supposedly eats 2000 calories a day to maintain their current weight that's why your midwife said 2300 calories.

Are you eating only 1500 because you're sick right now? If so, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Just eat what sounds good and eat small snacks often to help with nauseau - protein helps a lot. I'm sure you will want to eat more starting in your 2nd trimester.

I wouldn't worry about calories or weight gain. Just try to eat healthy whole foods, and not too much sugar and eat what sounds good within reason

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Papa – Thank you for all the info! I will look into that brewer diet. You seem to be eating more than me, maybe I'll try it your way for a couple days and see what happens.

How are you feeling Papa?

On a normal day
Early morning: Cup of orange juice, and a couple of crackers
Breakfast: Either oatmeal or a bowl of honey nut cheerios
Snack: Cottage cheese with fruit
Snack: Pear and an orange
Snack: Strawberry yogurt
Snack: Prune
Lunch: Crackers and spinach dip (not the best, but no aversion to it, so I'm eating it!)
Snack: String cheese
Snack: Cantaloupe
Snack: Carrots (this is one of the few veggies I can actually eat right now)
Dinner: Spaghetti with ground turkey or ground turkey tacos or various things….
Of course water and over beverages - I am to get 80 oz, but realistically, it's more like 50 oz.

Today
Early morning: a cup of juice (it came up)
Snack: cracker
Breakfast: bowl of honey nut cheerios
Snack: crackers
Snack: Orange
Lunch: Pizza (because pizza sounded good, and I ran out of spinach dip) (eating soon)

Honestly, I've been eating this orange for over an hour, today is my worst day yet. But I'm happy because I am hoping that sick=good. The doctor mentioned zofran, but since I've been constipated and zofran causes constipatation and today is the first day I've actually vomited, I am holding out.

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I haven't counted calories since I was dieting last summer. It's too much math!

"They" say you are supposed to eat 300 extra calories a day when you are pregnant. Since the average person supposedly eats 2000 calories a day to maintain their current weight that's why your midwife said 2300 calories.

Are you eating only 1500 because you're sick right now? If so, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Just eat what sounds good and eat small snacks often to help with nauseau - protein helps a lot. I'm sure you will want to eat more starting in your 2nd trimester.

I wouldn't worry about calories or weight gain. Just try to eat healthy whole foods, and not too much sugar and eat what sounds good within reason
Before I was pregnant, I ate about 1500 calories a day(I was curious so I tracked them for a while). I'm not really worried about calories (but my wife thinks i'm not eating enough, so mentioned it to the ob and now it's a "topic")

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I wish I could eat that healthy!! I need to eat more fruit and veggies.

You could maybe aim for 1800 calories later but right now just eat what you can and don't worry about it. You don't really gain much weight (or you may even lose some if you are sick often) in the first trimester and the baby doesn't need much right now.

I hope this goes away as a "topic". Gotta love 'em!

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Ouch, my post got eaten, and I'm supposed to be working!

My suggestions are to add some protein to EVERY snack - cheese, glass of milk, yogurt, whatever. Consider switching to whole dairy.

Carry some nuts/seeds around with you and snack on those, add nut butter to your crackers, or cheese.

If can stomach hardboiled eggs, boil 'em up by the dozen. My love of the egg is starting to pass, but I am still eating a lot of them. I don't really like the yolks, but my dog does.

Canned tuna packed in water, or those little pouches of seasoned tuna can be good sources of protein, too. (Blah, blah, mercury...be careful, smart about it, and stick within the recommendations.)

What kind of prenatal vitamin are you taking? It's probably contributing to the nausea and constipation. One trick is to take it with your biggest meal of the day, you don't want to take them on an empty stomach. Another idea might be to switch to Rainbow Lite, I take the one that's six pills a day, but they're food based and no nausea or constipation. They are pricey, but I find them at a local natural food discounter that sells nearly-expired, overstock, and damaged packaging stuff, and I get them for $5-8/bottle.

I also liked the Trader Joe's ones I used to take, but all the rest I've taken caused constipation and nausea.

You could also drop the prenatal and switch to taking just a folic acid pill, but you likely need the vitamins and minerals if you're not eating well.

Babsbob is right. The baby doesn't need much in terms of calories right now, but the baby does need a lot of different nutrients and minerals, and the embryo/fetus is a very effective parasite. Your body will not let the embryo go without, so if there isn't enough calcium for both of you, your body will leach it from your bones and teeth.

This isn't just about your baby, but about your health down the line. Not getting enough calcium during pregnancy and breastfeeding can lead to osteoporosis later in life, for example.

(My grandmother has osteo, and the big risk factor she has is that she had twins and two singleton pregnancies in four years, and with the twins, until they knew it was twins, her doctors had her on a strict weight-loss diet that was likely deficient in minerals.)

So, yeah, not meaning to scare you or freak you out, I think you're doing fine and you shouldn't worry about the numbers of calories or grams of protein, just focus on eating MORE good foods.

One trick that works for me is setting aside what I want to eat in a day, like making a container of veggies in the morning, that way I know that it should be empty by nightfall. You might want to make up your snacks the night before (or get DP to do it) and that way the thinking part of eating is eliminated.

I am finding it challenging to prepare food. It's like I am so hungry I need to eat now, and the preparing part seems so hard. Even something simple like slicing cheese or washing produce seems like too much delay sometimes.

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Oh, and Mistral - I AM FEELING GREAT!!!!

Tired in the PMs, but more water is helping. Slightly nauseous if my stomach is empty, and sweets aren't sitting very well. The rich, chocolatey foods I love are not what I want.

My worst days have been days where I didn't eat enough or drink enough water.

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Mistral - I have the same "issue." I typically didn't eat more than about 15-1800 calories a day. That said, I seem to metabolize slow, so eating more than that (non-pregnant) would cause me to pack on the pounds, and quickly.

Now, it's a struggle to eat. I have so many aversions. Last night I made this great dinner that sounded great at the time: broiled lemon garlic shrimp, sauteed (fresh) spinach and mushrooms w/ feta, and some homemade bread.... but when I had it in front of me, I picked at it like a 5 year-old eating liver, beets, and brussel sprouts.

I'm just trying to eat what I can at this point, keeping in mind that this period of hating food will pass.

Today I had:

Upon waking - 16oz half cran juice/half water and a hard boiled egg

9:00 - banana, started 2nd 16oz of water

10:30 - packet of peanut butter crackers, finished water

12:30 - sweet and sour chicken, veggies w/ rice, and steamed broccoli. Ate about half (went out to lunch w/ colleagues, so had limited options). Also 16 oz of pom/blueberry juice

1:30 - started 4th 16oz of liquid (water). Contemplating a brownie or pudding.

3:30 - will probably have my second hard boiled egg

4:30 - will pee for the last time before u/s and drink 32 oz of liquid in an hour (NOT looking forward to holding my pee!!!)

5:30 - will probably have an apple before going for u/s

dinner - undecided. Dinners have not been going well. Snacking is way better than full meals at this point.

will probably have some tea and a snack before bed.

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I try to eat something small every hour or two. It's the only way to vainly attempt to keep the queasies at bay (but doesn't really work, honestly).

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I just wanted to say that I ate a spinach salad with toasted pecans and craisins for lunch! I feel healthy now

Dinners are hard for me too - I usually am tired and slightly queasy when it's time to cook. Last night I just made scrambled eggs. I was thinking about making some teryaki chicken in the crockpot so I can make now instead of later - but then I have to smell it all day. Yuck.

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Think outside the box - can you put the crockpot out on a covered porch or balcony to cook? Or in a garage or in a closed off room? (I have been known to run the crockpot in my cellar...)

I think the crockpot is the SOLUTION TO EVERYTHING!!!

Handy trick # 2 - to get smells out, run your crockpot with the lid off, full of water with a 1/2-1 cup baking soda in it. Top off with more water as necessary, it readily soaks up cooking or other nasty smells and adds humidity to the air.

Do you guys take forever to eat? I'm eating my lunch, a Moroccan veggie stew with kale, tomatoes, carrots, chickpeas, and eggplant over Israeli couscous that I made last month and has been in the freezer, and I've been picking it at for over an hour. Maybe it's just not what I want right now.

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Updated - So, I didn't want my pizza for lunch, so I ate a chicken soft taco instead with rice and beans. It was so good, but 40 minutes later, I lost it

I am so done with food for the next hour. I'm just going to sip my milk, and hopefully recover and eat a snack in an hour.

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Do you guys take forever to eat? I'm eating my lunch, a Moroccan veggie stew with kale, tomatoes, carrots, chickpeas, and eggplant over Israeli couscous that I made last month and has been in the freezer, and I've been picking it at for over an hour. Maybe it's just not what I want right now.

Forever being an hour plus, yes! Especially, if it's something I don't want to eat.

Maybe you should try and eat something else?

Also, I'm happy to hear that you are feeling GREAT, you deserve it!

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Now, it's a struggle to eat. I have so many aversions. Last night I made this great dinner that sounded great at the time: broiled lemon garlic shrimp, sauteed (fresh) spinach and mushrooms w/ feta, and some homemade bread.... but when I had it in front of me, I picked at it like a 5 year-old eating liver, beets, and brussel sprouts.



That is me. DH is getting super annoyed with my picking. Apparently I also make really rotten faces at the food too. When I do want to eat, like this morning with the yummy oatmeal, I puke it up. So frustrating.

I have lots to say about this topic, but I have a staff meeting and then off to my first appointment! Fingers crossed.

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I actually just started a food log to make sure I am eating healthy and not too much junk! I'd rather load up the calories with fruits rather than chips yesterday I went way overboard on the impulse eating, lol. Don't want that to happen again!

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I'm eating most of my food before 3pm - after that I'm tending to get totally bloated. So bloated that I'm uncomfortable and don't want to eat. Help! Does anyone have any suggestions?

I'll share what I've eaten the last two days. I'm taking Rainbow Light Prenatals, the ones where you take 6 a day. I'm drinking tons of water - not sure exactly in oz, but it's at least 50, probably more.

Wed am - sprouted wheat bagel w/ fried egg, slice of tomato and cheese
pregnancy tea
snack - edamame
lunch - leftover vegetable soup
mid afternoon - homemade ww mac n cheese w/ ground turkey & tomoato in it
pregnancy tea
sliced up cucumber & carrots

I quit eating by 3pm because I was crazy bloated. Did have a cup of warm pregnancy tea before bed.

Today -

am - sprouted wheat bagel w/ egg, tomato & cheese
pregnany tea
lunch - amy's canned lentil soup
snack - hate to admit it but a glazed dunkin donut!

It's 5pm and I'm so bloated I can't even think about eating. I'm probably going to have some tea and that's it.

Could it be the vitamins? Do you guys see anything in my diet? Or is this just one of those unfortunate pregnancy symptoms I've fogotten? I'm also taking prometrium if that makes a difference...

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I take those exact same vitamins, and I say it's not them!

Maybe more fiber? Try adding an apple into one of your snacks! Apples are really high in fiber. I don't see any fruit in your day, the tomato controversy notwithstanding.

Maybe looser pants? I love my sweats! I only wear pants with waistbands when I have to. So far, my pants all still fit, albeit it slightly tighter, though I wear my pants low, so that makes a difference.

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I have snacked on some blueberries here and there, but you are right I'm lacking in fruit. We've got lots of apples, ds loves granny smith.

Glad it's not the vitamins, I really like the way I'm feeling on them. With ds I took something prescribed by the OB and really didn't like it.

Thanks for the suggestions! I did manage to eat a little edamame and a slice of Amy's spinach pizza.

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mistymama, it's not just you. i can't eat after mid-afternoon either due to the crazy bloat. and it even stays w/ me throughout the night which makes things so uncomfortable!

broth seems to do good things for me right now. it's light in flavor and the warmth seems to soothe my stomache (however temporary)

i seem to do most of my eating in the morning through mid afternoon, which is so different for me and is taking some getting used to. not sure about calories--never been a counter, but i do have to eat snack-like things every couple of hours, as opposed to just a couple of biggish meals non-pregnant.

today:

grapes, water

pb&j on ww

half a piece of ww toast, more grapes

grilled chicken sandwhich w/ tom. and avacodo slices.

tons of water throughout

i'm pretty sure i'm done for the day, besides more water. doesn't seem like alot after typing it out, but i'm soooo bloated. nauseas during the day, bloated at night. good times.

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forgot to add (which i've been meaning too) my theory about water and why it's so important/craved/soothing. all the extra hormones break down and become toxic in the body and water, naturally, flushes them out. i know for me, not only do i feel nauseas, but i feel flu-like in a 'toxins-in-the-bloodstream/belly' kind of way.

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ladyelms, I like your water theory.

I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian and I had GD with my last pregnancy, so I'm starting to go back to the GD diet I was on last time, which is low(er) carb. I almost think I need to see a nutritionist, because the low-carb diet is so limiting... especially when it comes to fruit (which makes my blood sugar soar, especially if I eat it in the morning--I can't eat fruit).

I did Bradley last time so I was on the Brewer diet until I was dx'ed with GD, at which point I did a modified Brewer's.

I'm not going to worry about calories, but rather the quality and diversity of my food. I hope I don't get GD again, though... I had to take my blood sugar 4x a day. (Made me eat really well, though!)

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