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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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Oh I am so sorry, this sounds terrible.<br><br>
Westsoy makes a meal replacement soy drink called <a href="http://www.westsoy.biz/products/vigoraid.html" target="_blank">Vigoraid.</a> Once I remembered the name, I googled it for <a href="http://www.dietfacts.com/item.asp?itemid=7207" target="_blank">nutritional information</a>. I hope that is enough calories. I think Kashi also makes a meal replacement drink.<br><br>
Can you add fat to the mashed potatoes, oatmel, etc? Or is it too hard to digest? That will help with calories. How about some tahini, lots of nutrients, or almond butter, can you digest them?<br><br>
HTH and you can avoid the tube. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I've been out of town and only just stumbled on this thread. I am *sooo* sorry that this is happening to you!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
Could you make smoothies? You can pack a lot of nutrition into them. You can use whatever fruits and fruit juices you can tolerate, and you can add tufu, nut butters, flax oil or meal, and I'm sure there are other things that I can't think of right now. I think some have suggested adding cooked carrot and beet, and cooked greens. Since it's all pureed maybe it would work for you??<br><br>
How about pureed soups. Like Imagine cream soups, or add to them and puree again, or make your own. And how about broths (vegetable, chicken, beef -- sorry to offend if you're a vegetarian), or miso? I would try drinking them instead of some of your water intake, since they have more nutrients and calories.<br><br>
How about adding nut butter to your cereals? I don't know if that would be too much, but maybe you could start with just a little, and if that works add a little more next time.<br><br>
If you can eat mashed potatoes, can you eat mashed sweet potatoes? Just bake them up, remove the skins, and throw the sweet potatoes in the food processor. They're really good with some almond butter and soy milk added.<br><br>
How about custard? Is that something you can eat? You could make it with soy milk.<br><br>
I have no experience with this, so I hope I haven't just suggested a lot of things you can't do.<br><br>
Lots of <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> , and I hope you can avoid the feeding tube!<br><br>
Christie<br><br>
ETA: Here's a link to some good smoothie ideas <a href="http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?s=&threadid=86251&highlight=wheat" target="_blank">http://mothering.com/discussions/sho...ighlight=wheat</a>
 

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Well in addition to the other excellent suggestions above (I sure hope one of them work) - I was also thinking you could add ground up nuts and seeds (use coffee grinder or blender) to add to your oatmeal. Also maybe some granulated kelp (calcium, iodine and other minerals).<br><br>
Maybe you could also drink or use coconut milk too. It has lots of calories and nutrients.<br><br>
What about mashed avocado?<br><br>
Good luck. I'm so sorry about what you're going through.
 

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Ok, my idea won't help much with calorie intake, but you can get some good nutrition from herbal teas. Try alfalfa, red raspberry leaf, nettles, dandilion root, red clover, oat straw, and rose hips. You can add flavor with peppermint and a bit of honey if you like. These herbs are great for use during pregnancy and are also power packed with nutrients. As far as calories and protein go, you might try soy protein powders mixed in a little water or apple juice. Super Pro Greens is a pretty good one that is tasty too. I think someone also already said broths. I like to put ground flax seeds on my oatmeal and in my smoothies because they give it a nice nutty flavor, and have such great nutritional value. I hope you have some success.
 
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