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Hello ladies. I was hoping for some advice on what I can do for the serious eating difficulties I am having now.<br><br>
Background: It was discovered about 3 weeks ago, that I have a large hernia about 3 inches above my navel. It is 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. My OB suspects that part of my small intestine and a small part of my stomach is protruding through the opening in my abdominal wall. This is leading to some serious problems with me getting adequate nutrition.<br><br>
Solid foods cause me an immense amount of pain. I can tolerate only oatmeal, mashed potatoes, grits, cream of wheat and soymilk. The doctor says this is NOT enough nutrition, and I would have to agree, since I have only gained a total of 4 lbs. this pregnancy, and in the last 3 weeks, lost 2 of those <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I should be supplementing with Ensure, but with my lactose/dairy issues, that is out of the question. Tried the lactose free slim fast shakes, but those are all citrus or cranberry based, which also make me very ill.<br><br>
Needless to say, the lack of good nutrition has made me very lethargic. I have no energy, and the doctor's advice of modified bed rest has turned into almost total bed rest due to my exhaustion. She said that if I've lost any more weight at my next appointment on October 9th, I am being sent to the hospital to be evaluated for feeding tube placement! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
Oh gods, HELP me please find a recipe or commercial adult meal replacement formula that is lactose/dairy free! I am getting desperate, terrified of the idea of a feeding tube, and worried sick about the health of this baby (ultrasounds show growth is good for now, since I am "fluffy" the baby is taking what it needs from ME).<br><br>
Oh, and I am not able to have surgery to repair this hernia until the baby is born, unless it strangulates and becomes an emergency situation.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying">
 

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I'm so sorry. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> What about soy protein powders - and making shakes out of them? You need to be getting more protein, definitely.<br><br>
Do you eat soy products at all? What about avocados?
 

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Our coop carries a "Kashi" drink...it's promoted kind of like SlimFast. A vegan friend with gall bladder troubles after the birth of her dc used it to get enough calories/nutrition with similar kinds of digestive problems.<br><br>
Here's a link to a description on NetGrocer:<br><br><a href="http://www.netgrocer.com/default.cfm?s=search_froogle&redirect=top_menus.cfm%3Fsend_store%3D6%26send_aisle%3D38%26send_section%3D8039" target="_blank">http://www.netgrocer.com/default.cfm...section%3D8039</a><br><br>
If that link doesn't work, you can put "Kashi drink" in <a href="http://www.froogle.com" target="_blank">www.froogle.com</a> to get a bunch of links.<br><br>
I hope you are feeling better soon!
 

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What about soups?<br><br>
I'm so sorry you're having to deal with this, will the hernia heal itself or do you have to wait till after baby to have it fixed?<br><br>
I hope things get better soon!!
 

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how about nut butter and banana shakes made with soymilk and a little yogurt? Or scrambled or softboiled eggs? broth? I second avacado mushed up. if mashed potatoes work...why not mashed sweet potatoe or if oatmeal works mabey you could prepare brown rice the same way...or better yet have someone else prepare it for you!!!<br><br>
with all that bedrest time you might try some serious visualization of that hernia unbinding or of the food you do eat making a smooth journey down...just for the heck of it! it might actually help...who knows<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie"> good luck sister!!!
 

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Could you tolerate a nutrition packed smoothie??<br>
Perhaps made of tofu, soy or rice milk, w/ fruit, a couple leaves of kale or a Tbsp of Spirulina, a Tbsp of hemp or flax oil, ground seeds and nuts or nut butters, etc.<br><br>
If you can tolerate soups you could make cream based soups from pureed tofu, add in broccoli or cauliflour, potatos, leeks, chives, herbs & spices, nutritional yeast...<br><br>
Do you eat meat? You can roast chicken and make gravy from the drippings~ serve over mashed potatos. Or you could simmer chicken all day in a pot of water w/ onions, garlic, celery, carrots, parsley, potatos... after 6 or more hours and much of the meat falling off the bones, remove carcass and whatever loose bones there are, blend soup in blender and eat.<br><br>
How about mashed yams, they are so nutritious and full of good vitamins!<br><br>
Have you ever tried Spirutien protien powder. It is pretty yummie and is dairy free. Also full of great nutrients and vitamins. Most health food stores sell it.<br><br>
You may want to see an acupuncturist~ it could be very useful in helping heal your hernia. A good acupuncturist may also be able to give you some very nutritious herbal teas.
 
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