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I am about 5'7" inches and prepregnancy, I think I weighed 134.5. I hadn't weighed myself since Christmas, but I'm pretty sure that's what it was. Since I have a normal BMI, my target weight gain is 25 - 35 pounds.
As of 3 days ago at 21 weeks, I had gained 9.5 pounds total.
My friend who is CNP says that her OB dr. she works for tells women that you should gain 1/3 of the weight by 20 weeks. So I expect that I will gain 30 pounds total with this pregnancy based on that figure.
I don't count calories, and actually, I'm trying desperately to increase my protein intake (I don't eat meat) because my uterus is still measuring a tad bit small. I do eat super healthy though...here's a break down of my planned meals for today, in case that helps:
pre workout snack: 1 homemade super nutty granola bar
breakfast: 1/2 cup oatmeal; 3/4 c. whole milk plain yogurt; flax meal; 1 large peach; 1 t. honey all mixed together
lunch: um, probably 2/3 c. homemade hummus, veggie sticks, and a small bowl of black bean soup (homemade, fat free)
snack 1: fruit with cheese
snack 2: piece of homemade whole wheat bread with peanut butter
dinner: salmon patty (I do eat fish) on homeamde bun (but white wheat this time) with a dash of mayo; salad with maybe a tiny bit of Ranch dressing or vinegariette if I get around to making it; steamed and grilled potatoes (also fat free)
snack 3, if needed: fruit with a few almonds
Today is an easy exercise day for me, as I am just going to go walk a few miles this morning; yesterday I swam 1 mile, and the day before I bicycled 20 miles (which was too much).
I hope that helps... and maybe you could call your midiwfe and ask for some more clarification...because not eating if you are hungry sounds like a recipe for disaster to me! That's basically what I try to do: eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full....ha ha...sometimes much easier said than done!
I don't think it's unusual to measure small when you're an avid exerciser....I measured small the entire time with DD, and she was 6 lbs, 4 oz at birth, and that was at exactly 38 weeks.
Also, I have a hunch that first-timers measure smaller, ESPECIALLY when you have some abdominal muscles anyway...
For greater things are yet to come...
Mama to two girls, born 5/08 and 11/10.
mom to dd-99, dd-01, dd-born still@40w 7/04, ds-05, dd-08, dd-10, dd-13
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Do you have any advice on how many calories I should be eating daily? I used to be much more active, but since the pregnancy, I have not done much. I am doing gentle yoga for 40 minutes twice weekly and am trying to get in 30 minute walks most nights.
I would like to be within the healthy range for weight gain, but I just want to make sure I make "safe" adjustments to my calories, ya know?
I found this site through this forum when I was searching for what my calorie needs were. It's nice because it factors in how active you are, starting, and height.
I'm up 3 pounds since using this, but I'm only 17 weeks.
I actually have no idea how much I weigh right now. I haven't weighed myself at all this pregnancy. My midwife doesn't bring a scale with her and just has you tell her your weight around the beginning, middle and end of pregnancy. I'm surprised your midwife is making such a big deal about it. I gained about 40 pounds with my first one, and lost all of it and more carrying my baby around town, breastfeeding, and now trying to keep up with him! I would have times during my last pregnancy where I seemed to gain a lot all at once like a growth spurt, so maybe you just had one of those. I've known plenty of people who have gained what you have at the point you are at. My midwife does recommend not eating too much sugar and carbs (which turn into sugar in your body). The general guidelines say you need an extra 200 calories a day while pregnant. More exercise is a good idea, just don't overdo it and try not to stress out about it!