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After reading others' weight gain in the Oct. DDC, I started to get a little concerned that I was gaining too fast. Approx. a pound a week, and I'm at 17 weeks. I started out thin, but I was way above everyone else.<br><br>
Background: I'm relatively healthy. I eat fairly well, as few processed foods as possible. I'm an NT-wanna-be. Meat (about 50% local), yogurt, cheese almost 5-6 days a week; eggs (50% local), ice cream, juice, milk, apple, whole-grain (no HFCS) bread almost every day; rice cooked in bone broth. Lots of fruit. I admit that I am low on veggies, with 1-2 servings a day. Soda or other non-caffeinated sweetened drink 1-2 times a week, when I am somewhere where there are no other options. We eat out about once a week, and I usually have a burger or fish, if it is available. My mother was/is a nurse, and I grew up eating good food and knowing all about nutrition. I have continued to read about it subsequently.<br><br>
Tuesday I was stuck home with a dead battery, which left me somewhat free to roam the internet, looking for weight gain in early pregnancy. Most said 5-6 lbs in the first trimester. And, then I read on MDC about a few mothers who found out in the 2nd trimester that they were having twins. More internet searching...<br><br>
Two signs of twins are rapid weight gain and abnormally high AFP results. This leads me to call my OB's office, to get the results of my AFP. Turns out, I FORGOT to go in to get my blood drawn last week, so the nurse reassures me that I can come in Wednesday. She also forwards my weight gain concern to my OB.<br><br>
Wednesday, I left work early for the 1 hour drive to the OB's office. There was a message that his office called, please call back. I was on HOLD for the ENTIRE 1 HOUR drive into the office, using up the better portion of my 120 daytime minutes. I was still on hold when I arrived. I held the receptionist hostage, not turning off my cell phone until she assured me that I could talk with a nurse, even though I was just there for a blood draw.<br><br>
Blood draw, then the VERY NICE nurse looked me up in their computer system to see what the OB had said about my weight gain concerns. "Make appointment with a dietician." I literally started laughing, which I know was rude. The other part of the message said that my gain at my last appointment (~14 weeks) was fine.<br><br>
The nurse offered to weigh me - and I was 2 lbs less than what my home scale had said, which is unusual, because my home scale is always lower than the office scale. But, I hopped off and thanked the nurse profusely.<br><br>
On the way home, I stopped at the homemade ice cream shop and had a milkshake. (I hadn't had lunch, and it was 3:30.) When I realized the obsurdity of it all - being so concerned about weight gain that it results in my OB saying I need to see a dietician and then stopping for a milkshake..., I just started laughing out loud to myself as the milkshake maker put 3 giant scoops of chocolate-peanut butter into the large cup...<br><br>
So, do y'all want to play dietician for me?
 

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I did the same sort of thing with my first pregnancy. I gained at least a pound a week in the beginning, then more. I ended up with a 60 lb gain and high blood pressure. I wish my Ob would have referred me to a dietician, he was very unconcerned about it. Not that I would have listened to anyone, I had to learn for myself. I have been much more careful this pregnancy about eating good food, stopping eating when I'm full, etc.<br><br>
My only suggestion (which may be unpopular on here, I guess we'll have to wait and see <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) is that you could go to a free calorie-calculating site such as SparkPeople (you have to sign in but it's free) and take advantage of their calorie-calculator for a couple days. See where your cals are honestly coming from, and maybe add in more water, exercise and veggies. I remember when I was trying to lose weight post partum, I was actually maintaining (active, but not BFing) but struggling to do so, on 3000-plus calories, YIKES! If you're eating like twice the calories you "should" daily need, that would contribute.<br><br>
I only say this bc I KNOW first hand how hard it was to be pregnant with that extra weight gain on top of it, it was so very uncomfortable & I beleive made labor and recovery more difficult as well. My baby came out and he did NOT weigh 60 pounds and I was like, oooh crap! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> .
 

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It is *easy* to take in empty calories. I couldn't understand why I wasn't loosing PP, and I realized I was drinking 500 calories a day in soda! Duh! Take a look at your beverages - juice, milk, (milkshakes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) and see if you are taking in too much. A severing of juice is 8 oz. If you drink several glasses of juices or big glasses, it's the same calorie-wise as drinking soda. I like to water my juice down with mineral water. That said, I tend to find myself pregnant on a liquid diet. There's just limited space and juice or milk gives both nutrition and hydration. That said I always just eat according to my impulses when pregnant and have never had a problem from that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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You're right -- water, exercise, and veggies are three things I could get more of. Now that the weather is better, DH and I are going for walks.<br><br>
I don't think my intake is higher than a non-pregnant person. For dinner, I eat 1/2 what DH eats (although he is twice my size). Here's a typical day:<br><br>
milk & cereal (Special K, Crispix or raisin bran) to settle my stomach<br>
toast &/or 2 eggs (~every other day)<br>
juice (apple, grape or grapefruit)<br><br>
apple & cheese for lunch<br>
milk or water<br><br>
meat (chix, lamb, or beef) or fish<br>
rice or potato<br>
a vegetable (carrot, broccoli, or asparagus)<br>
milk or sparkling water<br><br>
juice<br>
ice cream (1-2 scoops; if a cone, always a small)<br><br>
Whenever we go out to dinner, I eat the least of all the people at the table.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It is *easy* to take in empty calories. I couldn't understand why I wasn't loosing PP, and I realized I was drinking 500 calories a day in soda! Duh! Take a look at your beverages - juice, milk, (milkshakes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) and see if you are taking in too much. A severing of juice is 8 oz. If you drink several glasses of juices or big glasses, it's the same calorie-wise as drinking soda. I like to water my juice down with mineral water. That said, I tend to find myself pregnant on a liquid diet. There's just limited space and juice or milk gives both nutrition and hydration. That said I always just eat according to my impulses when pregnant and have never had a problem from that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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You're right, too. I am taking in a lot of juice. I do water down the grape with either regular or mineral water.<br><br>
And, I agree that milk gives 'liquid nutrition.' My stomach fills up quickly.
 

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I would highly recommend SparkPeople, in fact I was using that to lose weight when I found out I was pregnant again. Now I changed the setting so my goal is to <b>GAIN</b> weight at a certain rate per week until my due date, don't remember offhand what I chose. But to get the right calorie, and nutritional ranges I signed up for <a href="http://www.Babyfit.com" target="_blank">www.Babyfit.com</a> and set the ranges at sparkpeople to match them. I'm so used to the way SP is set up, much more streamlined than babyfit, so that's why I didn't switch altogether but you may want to. At both sites you can track weight gain, water intake, food (which auto divides into calories, protein, carbs, fat, vitamins), strength training exercises, and cardio + whatever goals you feel like adding (i.e. take prenatal 1x per day, take atleast 15 min. quiet time, etc..) I'm unorganized so this helps me a lot. At the same time you want to be flexible though and remember that with pregnancy you have a range of weight gain that is healthy, not just a single number. Being +/- 5 lbs. from my "plan" doesn't bother me, and tracking food helps me to see where my calories are coming from, what exactly is a serving size, and help me stay balanced.<br><br>
Gained 28 lbs with 1st, 30 lbs with 2nd, 40lbs with 3rd. For some people the weight comes off quickly, but not for me so I'm being a little more attentive to exercise and making sure my healthy eatings days outnumber my ice cream/slushie/cake craving days this time. And I find exercise it important too to help you take care of baby afterwards. With DS1 I purposely took a desk job to work until I was due, but I lost alot of arm muscle and my arms ached so much holding the little guy. With more children my arms always have the strength, but if I had known about that with #1 I would have lifted some weights or canned food, or something.<br><br>
But hey, maybe you have twins in there!! Are you planning an ultrasound?
 

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That doesn't sound like too much food. I wouldn't worry about it. You may need to gain more than others do, especially if you don't carry fat. You need some fat for breastfeeding.
 

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I would definitely up the veggie intake, and keep the protein to meat and cheeses which have a higher protein:carb ratio than yogurt or milk (both have more of the natural milk sugars in them)<br><br>
But everyone gains differently in pregnancy. I gained a ton with my first, and lost it all after 9 months of breastfeeding. It probably wasn't the best thing to do, but it happens.
 

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With the kind of food you're eating, I wouldn't worry about it. Maybe cut out even the occasional soda (no nutritional value there). Always increasing water is a good idea.<br><br>
I don't think you can eat too much healthy food in pregnancy. You said you started off thin, so your body may be building up to a more comfortable level of fat for gestation and breastfeeding. Or, like you said, maybe twins. Better too many nutrients than not enough, that's my philosophy.
 

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Honey, look....I gained 73 lbs. with my first and I didn't have GD or hypertension. I juts gained 73 lbs. I ate. ALOT. I wa starving, all the time....My OB wasn't concerned and I wasn't that concerned, either. Aslong as you don;t develop GD and your BP stays good, there is little to worry about.<br>
Enjoy your pregnancy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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