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ACHANSO
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5/30/14 11:28 A

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Yes, it is hard because different websites, even legitimate ones, have very different advice. And when you ask people, you get even more varied responses.

I guess I would search online for a pregnancy eating plan if I were you...then follow that and log your food/calories with SparkPeople. And/or your doctor might have eating plans on hand. I'd ask your ob/gyn either way.



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5/29/14 5:39 P

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6 weeks pregnant, trying to find an app or place to track calories/exercise that will give me recommendations on what I should be eating to maximize pregnancy diet. I'm overweight, but having been eating like crazy - not good. I don't want to gain weight either but am a bit lost on what I should eat for best nutrition. Breastfeeding too. Not sure how many calories I should aim for while losing weight?? Can't believe there are no pregnancy diet apps or diet to follow out there.

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I am glad that I am not alone with recording my food intake. I am newly pregnant also with my 2nd and I don't want to gain as much as I did the first time. I think I gained 10 pounds just in the first trimester. Then after that I was on track with a total of 25. I will track my intake to make sure I am getting the nutrients I want and to make me accountable for what I am actually eating so I don't gain as much right from the beginning.

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4/29/14 11:23 A

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This is a great post and board- thanks for posting everyone
I am newly pregnant (5-6wks along) with my 1st child so I am anxious about how much weight I should gain and when. I have a BMI of about 20, so I'm not overweight, but I am still left wondering how much I can and should gain--and when. I need to talk to my ob-gyn about it I guess. I can't believe how tired I have been so far! Oh well. It's worth it ;)



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4/7/14 9:26 A

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I haven't really been watching what I eat because I have been so sick. I'm almost 10 weeks now and it has been really hard. I did manage to get some short walks in last week but mostly I am so nauseated that I am on the couch. The doctor did prescribe me Zofran, and it has helped but given me some unwanted side effects. All in all...I do feel a bit better...Thank God. I'm just going to try to track my food now and take walks as much as I feel able.

The doctor told me on Tuesday that I can't gain more than 20 pounds. I got kind of freaked out at first and then I realized I only gained 20 with my daughter. I guess I didn't like being told that...but I think it is good that they told me early. I had lost 2 pounds from my first appointment because I've been so sick.

Had my first ultrasound on Friday. Very exciting and all looked good. I have a history of miscarriages so I'm pretty excited. Keep your fingers crossed for me.



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4/2/14 10:34 A

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Right now, I'm 6 weeks pregnant with my 2nd. I'm trying really hard to keep track of what I'm eating, mostly for the sake of vitamins/minerals and protein/fat, calories are secondary to those. I'm not particularly worried about my weight gain in-and-of itself, and not so-much worried about gestational diabetes (I had it before and controlled it by diet), but I AM worried about preeclampsia and want to do what I can to help prevent THAT from happening again.

So my biggest concern is to eliminate stress. Eating right is important, but secondary to that. The biggest source of stress from my first pregnancy (my MIL) is no longer in the picture (no one in the family speaks to her anymore, yes she deserves it, what she did really was that bad) so that's my biggest worry and fear off my mind. As of right now, I feel like anything else is manageable.

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3/24/14 3:01 P

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Hello, I am almost 18 weeks pregnant and am keeping track of what I eat. However, it's not just calories. I am trying to make sure I get enough produce and protein. For me specifically, I started out overweight so my goal is to try and not gain any weight, though if I gained 10-15 lbs toward the end it was okay (it would be all baby then). As long as I eat a healthy, balanced diet and get enough protein, the CNM said it was fine. However, I am not supposed to lose weight either, though I lost some weight the first trimester from morning sickness, which she said was fine.

I would recommend tracking what you eat so you are eating a healthy, balanced diet but talk to your obstetrician on how much to eat and how much weight to gain. Everyone is different and it depends on many things.



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SWEETLUCYGIRL
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3/12/14 7:53 A

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I'm so happy to find some support here. I am six weeks pregnant and am very nervous about gaining too much weight. I haven't been able to keep much food down so I've been trying to make sure that what I eat is fairly healthy. I also managed to get out for a walk with my husband last night for about an hour...despite extreme fatigue. I don't remember being this tired or sick the first time around....but then again...it has been a long time between the two. How is everyone adjusting their calories? I really want to be sure to monitor myself.



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2/1/14 10:44 A

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I'm coming back to the site after some time off, but want to update that I'm pregnant to adjust the calories and nutrient tracker. Does this site have this option? If so where do you edit that? Thanks!



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1/16/14 9:10 A

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I love this advice...I've heard much of it before, but I really need to let it sink in. I am just starting my second trimester with my second pregnancy. I am having a really hard time with my weight this time around. With my first pregnancy, I'd just lost about 20 pounds when i got pregnant and continued to lose another 19 pounds during the first 4 months of my pregnancy. Then during the remaining 5 months, I was super vigilant and careful about my weight and calories, scared I would get gestational diabetes if I wasn't...and the day my daughter was born, I actually weighed one pound less than the day I got pregnant...This time around I had already lost more weight before I got pregnant and been on a weight loss plateau for a while. I was 50 pounds lighter this time when I got pregnant compared to the first time, but now in the first timester I have already gained 8 pounds, and I'm freaking out. I'm not obese this time around but still overweight, and according to my doctors and everything I've read online, I should only gain between 15-25 pounds this time, yet I've already gained 8 pounds during the time I lost 19 the first time around. I have been so hungry and too tired to be as active as I should be and as active as I was the first 8 weeks of the pregnancy. I was running all the time and working out at the gym on my lunch breaks. Currently I'm barely able to clock in more than 4,000 steps per day. *sigh* just having a hard time dealing with all of this and not letting the weight gain add to my depression and perpetuate the cycle.

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1/15/14 10:34 A

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Hello everyone,

My story is the same as many of you on here, I was finally on my way to losing alot of the weight I have gained since my first child. Last year by my vowel renewal date, I was down to 229, and I have since gained 13lbs back, thanks to eating like I am going out of control and not exercising as I should have been. So with the new year, I figure it's time to get back on track, and finally make it under 200, and I find out I am pregnant with my third child, 4weeks to be exact. I am excited about being pregnant, but of course not of the expected weight gain, so I have made a pact with my self to keep track of my food intake, and continue exercising. I am so happy this board is up here to give support to women in similar situations. Best of luck to you all.

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1/3/14 3:45 P

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Hi everyone..
This is after many years I logged back in SparksPeople.
I reduced regular workout and diet and had gained some good amount of weight few months before pregnancy. I remember I was at 137lbs. Not at 13wks, I am 146lbs. I should have gained max 7lbs. Also in first few wks, I was hungry all the time and even if nauseous, I was hungry and moody and craving for junk food. I did not have morning sickness, vomit which makes women loose weight.

I have body to gain weight first out of whole group and lose at the last . I am not keeping check on calories and eat what i want and not doing workouts now.

But I do need to start something now.






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12/9/13 10:41 A

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I am new to this site. I really hope it keeps me focused and helps me lose weight.



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With my first baby I gained at least 40 pounds. I didn't have a car so I walked everywhere, but other than that I had the sedentary lifestyle of a university student. Also, my husband was at school in another city so I lived with a younger roommate who lived a typical university lifestyle. This meant lots of high-fat take-out food late at night, sitting on our arses for days cramming for tests and not taking time to make nutrition a real priority. I made sure I ate enough good stuff... but I didn't shy away from the bad. After baby was born and my husband and I moved in together, we had a car and what little exercise I was getting went out the window. After graduation I became determined to get down to a healthy weight before my second child but... whoops! So now I'm pregnant again (30 weeks) and not happy with my starting weight BUT I am happy with my weight gain so far (20-25 lbs) and I have been making a solid effort to eat properly and stay active. I am excited to continue my weight loss efforts after the baby is born :)

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11/18/13 3:13 A

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I am almost 4 months and just have had a bad week food wise.... Gotta keep logging into to stay focused and make better choices

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I was a healthy 132 lbs when I became pregnant and was running 3-4 times a week (I even did my personal best half marathon while pregnant- just days before I found out about my little one!). I wanted to gain the mid-range 30 lbs. I gained 45. Ooops. I stopped running when I was about 15 weeks along due to high risk complications, and started eating very large bowls of sugary cereal and Dairy Queen blizzards once or twice a week. So no, certainly did not track.
I lost 20 lbs right away, another 5 when I started running again, then maybe another 3 over the course of 2 months. I've been training for my first post-baby half marathon and now that I'm in the higher miles, the weight's starting to come off quickly (I hope it lasts!!) As of today, 5 months post partum, I'm 12 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight and 14 from my final goal weight. I'm hoping to achieve this by the time she's a year old and I wean her- taking advantage of the 500 calories a day breastfeeding burns! Some days I track, others, I just try and be smart about the food I'm eating. Good luck to all the mamas out there!



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10/15/13 2:02 P

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Here's my story: I had a baby in October 2012 (he'll be a year old on the 27th - yay!!). I started the pregnancy at 179lbs. On d-day I weighed 213lbs, a weight gain of 34lbs. Six weeks after delivery I weighed 200lbs exactly. Six months after delivery, I was back at my pre-pregnancy weight. I didn't do a ton of calorie counting while pregnant, just made sure to focus on healthy meals and snacks most of the time, exercised up until 34 weeks and abandoned the routine to get plenty of rest when I felt like I needed it. After delivery, I resumed my exercise program after being cleared by my doctor and refocused on healthy eating.

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10/8/13 6:56 P

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Joined Sparkpeople at the end of August is hopes to loose weight and get back in shape. And to hopefully help my husband and I to get pregnant again. I was making good progress but was very far from my goal. Now I've found out that I'm about 4 weeks pregnant. I want to make the right choices this time around. Any suggestions on how to continue to use Sparkpeople trackers while pregnant?

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No, ate whatever was healthy for my baby



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Good suggestions! I am now 26 weeks and have gained more than I wanted at this point, but I am happy that the last month I love a pound since I started watching what I was eating. I am trying to exercise, drink my water and eat fruits and veggies. Trying to cut back mainly on sugar and not be excessive and NOT listen to anyone who says 'it's allowed, you are pregnant'-that is what got me to a 40 lb gain with the first one.



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1. Keep eating healthy and exercising. Modify exercises for pregnancy in 2nd and 3rd trimester.
2. Don't focus so much on weight gain or you'll go crazy. It's necessary.
3. Drink a lot of water.
4. Don't over do it. Listen to your body.

I also have a hard time wrapping my mind around the weight gain. I wanted to only gain 15-25 pounds total as that was the recommendation for my BMI. I've gained 15-20 pounds already and I'm not even 20 weeks yet. But, I haven't been exercising the past few weeks due to life happening and I ate horrible this past holiday weekend because we were staying with relatives.

Just don't give up and stay focused on a healthy pregnancy!

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In July 2012 I started eating right and exercising. I lost 33 lbs in time for my wedding this May and was within my health weight limit for the first time in several years. Well, I just found out that I am 6 weeks pregnant and have read that it 25-35 lbs is a normal amount of weight to gain. I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that I am going to gain back everything I worked so hard to lose. I am trying to focus on keeping the baby health, but it is so hard to get out of "diet mode". Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks!



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7/3/13 4:30 P

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My doc told me to gain 25-35 pounds and I ended up gaining 37. I was fine with the gain considering I'd gained 75 with my first pregnancy! I didn't track while pregnant I just tried to eat fresh, whole, clean foods. I tried, but didn't always stick to that- it's hard not to get into that "I can eat whatever I want cuz I'm pregnant" frame of mind.



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AFCANTRELL
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I am 17 weeks and have gained 13 pounds. It's a scary number considering most of the weight gain happens in the future weeks than the past 17 weeks, lol. But... it is what it is!

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7/3/13 11:41 A

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I am so glad I found this forum: I am pregnant with my third child and noticed that I am more exhausted and gaining almost 20 pounds already and I'm only 4.5 months! So I started to keep track of my calories and hopefully, I can fit exercise back in my routine.
I think keeping track of your weight when you are pregnant is pointless, but being cautious about it- it's a much better approach. No matter what- we cannot starve ourselves in order to keep the weight doctors recommend and keeping track of weight and trying to stay within that range sounds like it could jeopardize the health of both mom and baby. Making better eating and exercise choices are a much better approach; in my opinion. With the body retaining water and other fluids in preparation for child birth, it can be tricky to know if it is really weight/fat, ect. : or water retention or baby weight. That is why I think it is not a good idea to keep track of the weight while pregnant.



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I'm glad this thread is still going. I am pregnant with my first and am using the nutrition and fitness tracker, I was gaining too fast and now am trying to slow this down. I am using babyfit, but the nutrition tracker is not up to date, it doesn't have a big database so I came back to use this tracker. they have great information on that site though so I would still join and use both!





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With my first 9 years ago I actually ended up weighing less when I gave birth than I did when I got pregnant. I didn't realize it at the time but I'm pretty sure I had hyperemesis gravidarum - throwing up a lot. I threw up several times a day for the first 4 months and at least once a day the rest of my pregnancy. I was actually queasy on the way to the hospital to have him. It was... pretty awful. I lost about 30 pounds before I started gaining again and even then I didn't gain all of it back. My doctor never seemed worried, so I didn't worry too much. And my son was born a healthy 7lbs 11oz. With my second pregnancy in September I never actually started gaining weight. I miscarried at 17 weeks, afterwhich my journey to lose the weight I've been dragging around since puberty began.
I've lost about 25 pounds now and I'm concerned that when we start trying again if I conceive I'll gain it all back. Still, if I make effort to eat healthy and resist cravings to a resonable extent it'll all work out okay. :)



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I saw the post in this thread about BabyFit and just joined. Did not realize it existed until just now! So I should log into BabyFit now and put all my nutrition and other data there instead of here now, is that right? Because my needs will be different...

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no it's not bad. im pregnant with our second girl, 8 months. 1 more month to go so ready. Anyway, that's not bad only 6-7 pounds. Once you hit 7 months, you gain about a pound a week, but it's all baby and fluids. Everyone gains differently. If you doctor's office doesn't say anything about your weight, then you're gaining right. with my first, they kept saying i measured a little bigger than I hsould, in other words, i was eating too much junk, but this time around i'm measuring right on.



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I want to start using Sparkpeople again to track my calories. I'm also pregnant with my first child. I'm currently 3 months and have gained about 6-7 pounds. Is this bad?

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I gained 23 lbs with my first and 30 with my 2nd. I just focused on only putting good things in my body, because I wanted what was best for my kids. I had zero caffiene and ate my fill of fruits and vegetables. It's funny, when I was pregnant, I wasn't even tempted to eat junk, because I didn't want my baby eating junk, but when it's just me, I don't care and LOVE junk food. Even now, my son is almost 5 and never even tasted soda. I guess that makes me a bit of a hypocrite.

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With my first I gained 36 lbs and didn't lose it all until 2 years pp. This time around I am to gain no more than 15 with doctor's approval. I am currently overweight so really trying not to have too much extra weight to lose after this one is born. I am 8 weeks now so far so good.


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Edited by: NIKI11784 at: 3/26/2012 (11:56)

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There is some good advice in this thread - thanks! I'm pregnant with my first, and trying to keep weight gain in a reasonable range (so far so good at 24 weeks). I am keeping up my exercise, which I plan to do for the entire pregnancy, continuing to modify things as needed.

As for cravings, I created a checklist that I borrowed from of the babycenter website. It has these components: Protein, Fiber, Iron, Fruit, Calcium, Vegetables, Omega 3s, Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Multivitamin. I make sure to have those at least once each day (veggies & protein are especially important and get multiple servings per day). I remind myself that my child needs these things, and he does not need junk. Often I get full on nutritious foods and cravings go away. But sometimes it is hard to reason with all these hormones! In those cases, I just control portions... one handful of potato chips, one scoop of ice cream, not the whole carton. Helps to put these things in small bowls and savor every bite slowly!

Maybe some more experienced moms have more tips on cravings?



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I am wondering the same thing. BRENDALEERULES that was a helpful post. I am now doing the elliptical to try and not gain too much weight this pregnancy. My biggest problem is craving bad things! Any commercial on tv for pizza, ice cream, etc. makes me get the worst cravings, and I have trouble controlling them and being consistently healthy.

Anyone have advice on resisting/controlling cravings for junk food? Thanks!!




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No....I was terrible...I ate everything in sight and paid for it. I gained 100 pounds....it was insane...I lost 40 lbs within 2 weeks and almost another 10 lbs recently (4 months later). Wish I could turn back time and eat better through my pregnancy. I was heavy, bloated, had high blood pressure and was miserable. Breastfeeding was tough because I only have one ovary, and have a large cyst on the other, affecting my milk production. I think I didn't lose much from breast feeding because my production was so low. I also had a hard time losing weight after the baby because I was taking herbal supplements and Domperidone to boost my production (in addition to feeding/pumping every 2-3 hours was exhausting me). Just stopped breastfeeding and I'm starting to get my energy back to take care of myself.

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I drink milk too and it helps my stomach feel like its being coated.



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Exactly what I was looking for, thank you!



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No. With my first pregnancy I ate anything and everything I wanted to. My craving was spaghetti, and garlic toast every night for 6 months straight. I had no hope. I ended up gaining 60 pounds by the time it was all said and done. Here I am almost 2 years later, still trying to lose the weight, but I didn't really get into it until Sept of last year. I had a rough year last year, lost 2 babies, both in my first trimester. After the second one I vowed to concentrate on myself and get healthy mentally and physically before we tried again. We are hoping to have some good luck come to us in the next couple of months :)
I am definetly going to watch what I eat this time around. I will not gain another 60 pounds. I'm not going to starve myself, but I'll make healthier choices this time around. Better snacks, and hopefully the spaghetti cravings don't come back when we get pregnant again :)



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I am also about 100lbs overweight and I am trying to lose at least 60lbs before I start trying to get pregnant in May. Everything I have read about obesity & pregnancy says that by no means should you lose weight during pregnancy-if you are obese you should still gain weight but only about 5-10lbs at the most. I'm sure if you talk to your doctor they may recommend a high nutrient diet and maybe if you replace some of the foods you eat now with fruits and veggies you can lose some of the weight prior to pregnancy so that all you gain is water weight that will most likely come off quickly after you give birth. I would say the best bet i to consult your Doctor-maybe he/she knows a safe way to lose a little weight during pregnancy that is not in any of the articles/books available.



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i actually did not care much about calories and ate healthy bt did not care about the portion sizes so i ended up gaining about 30 kg which really complicated my pregnany, so i would advice to count the calories and eat well



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I suffered from severe morning sickness all throughout my pregnancy, but I actually lost 20lbs during my first trimester. So my Dr put me on a high calorie diet to ensure the baby was getting enough. It really really depends on what your doctor says, always go with their opinion first and foremost. Every pregnancy is different. Always ask your doctor before changing anything in your diet during pregnancy.



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I'm trying to re-analyze this situation myself as I get into this pregnancy (my second). I know I need to focus on calories and food groups/nutrition more than weight gain, because if this pregnancy is anything like my last one, weight gain will tell me nothing. I gained nearly 60 lbs with twins last time, and lost it ALL in 3 weeks--because most of the weight gain was water I was retaining! And boy, did I look funny--weird, flubby tummy, and weak, atrophied legs! I'm planning to stay much more active this time around so that I hopefully won't have to rebuild my body from scratch after delivery. But I know the scale won't necessarily tell the whole story, especially if my feet and ankles (and legs and thighs!) swell like they did before.





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I gained about 29-30 pounds with my pregnancy and within a week was back to my pre-pregnancy weight. 3 months later I am down another 10 pounds. Are you planning to breast-feed? It helps A LOT with loosing the baby weight!!




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I am 36 weeks pregnant and still track my calories and workout almost daily. I bumped my daily calories up to 2,000/day instead of 1600 and have done wonderful.

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I have been overweight since my first pregnancy 7 yrs ago. I had another child 3yrs ago, where I had unintentional weight loss during pregnancy and I have gained more weight since then. I am now about 80-100lbs over weight and my husband and I want to have one more. I want to know if anyone started a weight loss program prior to getting pregnant and maintained the weight loss throughout pregnancy. I know it can be done, not from experience, but I want to know what works and what doesn't.



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Tmr... thanks for tip...yeah morning sickness is kinda getting me right now...i feel like my face is green like a cartoon most days



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thanks Drjill1! hope ur delivery went well and you and baby are well:)



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My downfall in pregnancy weight gain was the morning sickness. Mine lasted all day every day for 3 months. Felt like motion sickness... a continual queasiness but not enough to throw up. I ate alot of starchy foods trying to stop the queasiness and ended up gaining 15 pounds in my first trimester. After the morning sickness was over I was able to eat a lot better.

A friend mine also had morning sickness like me but she drank a glass of milk when she was queasy and didn't gain much in her first trimester. Next go around I'll try drinking almond milk (I'm allergic to dairy) and hopes it works for me.

Congrats on everyones pregnancy and good luck.



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Congrats! I'm due to be induced tomorrow with my first. People always say you're eating for two but I changed it to I may be eating for two but there is only one of me losing! It helped me gain only 9 pounds over the past 9 months. I didn't restrict but I paid attention to everything I put in my mouth. Sometimes just a few bites of a treat is all you really need. The biggest change I made was to not eat processed food for lunch (lean cuisines etc). Instead I stayed with fresh food or leftovers from dinner (I don't use salt at home and most of those lunches/meals are loaded with sodium). I just tried to eat things in their most natural state. My baby is healthy and seems to be a good size (I'm of "advanced maternal age" so there have been lots of extra tests and ultrasounds)! I wish you the best, Jill



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i have just found out that i am pregnant with #3 for me...it was a bit of a shock:) i have been on a weight loss journey for the last 2 years and got a lot of weight off, i am worried about ballooning up during the next few months...so these posts have really helped:)



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http://babyfit.sparkpeople.com/nutrition-during-pregnancy.asp





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We really don't need that many extra calories during pregnancy... 300-500 more depending.... there are guidelines out there. WHAT is really important is the make the calories you do eat to be nutritionally sound. Nutrition is very important. Pregnancy requires a lot from your body and empty calories won't do you or your baby any good. Sparks has an affiliated web site for pregnancy that is really good and has lots of good information. It's called Babyfit... I really liked it when I was pregnant.

When I was eating I always tried to think of the food I ate as the building blocks for my baby...she was depending on me.



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I'm 16 weeks pregnant right now and trying desperately to not over eat and gain a ton of weight as I did the first two times. My first pregnancy I gained over 80 pounds, I just stopped getting on the scale after awhile and lied to the doctor when she would ask my weight. I never lost all that weight. My second pregnancy I started out at a higher weight but still gained 50 pounds. I have a huge problem with overeating, bingeing and making wonderfully delicious meals. In my youth pre kids I solved this with various eating disorders but now I am trying to be good and counting calories has been the only way for me to stay on track. I do give my self a few extra calories and make sure that I'm meeting my protein requirements, there is nothing I won't allow myself to eat if I'm craving it but for now I really need to stay healthy and not get so huge, bloated and uncomfortable.
So far I've gained 4 pounds, I would love to see no more than 15 this time around but honestly I would be happy if I kept it under 25.



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8/25/11 11:33 A

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I'm doing the nutrition tracker just to make sure I keep myself on track. I want to stay mindful of what I am putting in my mouth.
Kind of like that mexi dip and chips...1,000!!!! calories, probably will not order that again!

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I am currently pregnant with #4. With my first two I listened to everyone tell me you have to eat for two, and giving me two cookies because the baby wants one. I gained the most with my first 60 lbs my second 40lbs. After each of the pregnancies I lost the baby weight again and again, about 30 lbs after all was said and done each time. After my second child my husband and I decided to include exercise on a regular basis. I was still overweight so from the calculations I should have only needed 10-15 lbs. So my third pregnancy I kept up with the healthy eating and exercise almost daily. I did 60 minutes on an elliptical two days before my third was born. I gained between 13-15 lbs I checked the weight all the time and made sure it was in track but as long as I wasn't eating junk food and crap I was good I allowed myself to eat healthy meals until full. I tracked for the first half of the pregnancy until I found I was keeping good on balance. I did let the midwife know I was active but they never said anything about needing to gain more weight. This time I am back to tracking just to make sure I am not falling too far off but I have used it more to make sure I wasn't going way over my calories then to lose weight. I have to say from my personal experience my first two I had so much heartburn and back pains with the third there was almost none, it makes such a huge difference.



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With my first I gained about 20 pounds and my second i gained 30 (he turned out to be 9lbs!) but all I did was avoid too much fat and sugar. My midwife was great with my son, and told me that as long as you gain steady over the pregnancy and not gain all the weight at once, it should be fine. I would absolutely talk to your healthcare manager to get recommendations. I must say that for prenatal care I loved having a midwife because they are more focused on the individuals and not statistics. (Just to throw that in.) emoticon



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I tracked my nutrition, because I did not eat a lot, and it was under DR orders. As my pregnancy went along, I found it easier to tell what my body was "craving" , like I was low on fat if I wanted french fries. I gained 25 pounds, and lost all but 4 in the first 6 months post partum. Obviously, I am here to lose weight, but that came a few years later after a few operations and drug therapy. Good luck, I would not count calories, but stay within healthy guidelines as per your health care professionals advice. emoticon



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I gained about 30 lbs (but i was over-due), and now 2 weeks later only have 13 more lbs to loose before my pre-pregnancy weight. All done without calorie tracking.

I figure my body's going through so many changes that it's needs are also rapidly changing. Too rapid for the consistancy needed for tracking.

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With all 3 of my pgs I never had to track calories. For each one I naturally gained 25-30 lbs. (Unfortunately most of those lbs wouldn't come off after the babies were born.) I wouldn't stress too much over it if you're eating healthy for the most part.

Lugging around flab is way more of a drag than counting calories ever will be.


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I'm tracking my calories, nutrition, and fitness more carefully than ever now. At the beginning, I felt nauseous unless I ate constantly, so I was careful to eat very small, but frequent snacks. Whole grain crackers or cereal, fruit, cottage cheese, etc. I want to be fit and active throughout the upcoming months, so I don't gain unneccessary weight. This is not a free ticket to eat cake and ice cream every day! I'm hoping being fit will help carry the weight of the baby, and make labor and delivery a little smoother. If nothing else, maybe it will help me feel empowered.



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Please, whatever you do, do it under the care of your healthcare provider. While it may be perfectly fine to lose weight for some while pregnant, you should be monitored to make sure that it's a healthy amount and rate so that your baby doesn't get toxins that are released when weight is lost quickly.

I think it's a great idea to track what you eat. Absolutely keep a food journal. Just please don't assume that it is safe to lose weight while pregnant until you've discussed it with your healthcare provider. I think asking for a referral to a dietitian would be a great idea, so you can work out the best plan *for you.*

I lost weight my last pregnancy, and not by choice. I had gestational diabetes and couldn't gain weight on that diet for anything - I had gained 12-14 pounds total at diagnosis and was at the same weight the day before I delivered - both the baby and I were monitored pretty closely. So please don't think I'm against it, just that I think it needs to be done through the proper channels, both for the baby's health and for yours!



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there were new guidelines put out recently for weight gain during pregnancy. Your doctor will be able to give the best advise for you, but you can google search for information on the newest guidelines ~ I'm sure some articles summarize the key elements.

I think it is good to keep things in check while you're pregnant, but you may need to update some of your diet habits to be a bit more in line with the nutritional needs you and your baby will have.

Congratulations!



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I'm tracking my calorie intake to try to control my weight gain during pregnancy. I did a bunch of reading and apparently if a person is obese it's not even unhealthy to gain no weight in pregnancy. Birth outcomes can actually be improved because of how seriously obesity can affect the risks associated with birth.

If you think about this it really makes sense. If only about 12 pounds of weight can be associated with the baby, placenta, fluid, etc then there really isn't a good reason to gain 25 pounds. 13 of that is just fat. If you're thin then of course you don't want to put on zero weight because that would be roughly like losing 12 pounds where there isn't 12 pounds to spare but if you're obese then there is ample to spare.

As far as nutrients goes, I've read that the baby takes priority over the mother. That said, if you're going to restrict your calorie intake then it's probably worth taking some multi-vitamins/minerals just to be on the safe side.

Of course, I don't know if you have other factors that need to be considered. It's probably worth talking to your healthy care provider.



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I'd check with your healthcare provider. I've had different recommendations during different parts of pregnancy based on different factors. It's best to know what your doctor (or midwife) thinks is best for you.



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I ate exactly the same pre-preg, except I added a small morning snack (300 cals) and gained 22 pounds.

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did anyone keep track of their calories and nutrition during pregnancy to try and keep their weight gain within the "normal range" (20-25 pounds according to my doc)?

Edited by: HOTLITTLEMOMMA at: 2/1/2011 (16:00)
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