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MYLILBABE
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4/30/09 2:12 P

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MHUTCH - be very careful abour limiting fat intake - it is vital to your babies health that you eat enough fat.


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4/30/09 8:51 A

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I have started out all 4 of my pregnancies right at 130 lbs. With my past three I have managed to keep my weight gain right at 27 lbs. Here's a few tips that I've learned:

Everyday eat 5 servings of fruits and 5 servings of veggies. This helps you to stay full and not fill up on twinkies!

Drink 8 glasses of water a day and watch out for too much salt. I ate a whole thing of chips and salsa and the salt made me gain 7 lbs in one day. After two days of drinking 10 glasses of water a day the sodium levels evened back out and I lost all the retained water weight.

If you are craving chocolate, have chocolate milk or hot chocolate with 1% milk. You'll get your chocolate fix without all the extra fat and calories.

Each person gains weight differently. Some people gain the 1st half and some the last.

And my biggest advice, is to remember that the ultimate goal is to have a healthy baby. So each time you go to eat ask yourself if this food "helps" the baby.


My plan: 1st trimester is 1600 calories, 2nd trimester is 1800 calories, 3rd trimester is 1900 calories. I try to keep my fat intake at less than 45 grams a day, sodium at 1500. This works for me and may not be right for others :)




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4/29/09 5:15 P

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I think 1500-1600 cals is too little. The avg woman uses around 1400 cals per day just to EXIST, so everything you do in addition to that, isn't included in that. For a 5'7 female with a BMI of 21, you need 1700 cals a day just for a completely sedentary lifestyle. If you add in pregnancy, and some exercise, you will need more than that.

I honestly think that people who 'maintain' weights at 1500 cals a day are fooling themselves with what they are eating - they must truly be eating more than 1500 per day if they aren't losing weight.


~Marie~

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4/29/09 4:42 P

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I did weight watchers too. Its the only way I can stay under 130 (im short). I did 20 pts a day w/35 flex points religiously.

Isn't a point equal to 50 cals? So 23pts would be around 1200 cals-- but the more fiber you have and more protien you can have a little more. So they are saying 300 more calories, would be around 1500-1600 calories. Does that sound right? Or too little.

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KRAYZIESAIKO
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4/28/09 1:44 A

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also if you dine out, it could be water retention. If I eat out sometimes my weight will go up 3 pounds in a day just because of the sodium. It really depends on where you eat... its just harder to know how much sodium you get unless you are seeing how much you are putting in a dish you prepare. Pregnancy makes it easier to retain water... so if you are gaining a lot but not eating a lot then that could be it. I had a huge problem with it in my first pregnancy.. near the very end I was gaining 3 pounds a week and barely eating (there was no room!). I gained 40 pounds but lost 30 in the three days I was in the hospital just getting rid of fluids. I wouldn't worry too much. As long as you are eating healthy and exercising you should be fine.

DIETITIANBECKY
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4/13/09 5:57 P

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You may want to experiment somewhat...
find out how many calories you are eating and how much weight you are gaining each week, THEN, adjust calories slightly to meet your weight gain goal for the rest of the pregnancy.

Another place to check calorie needs is at:
www.mypyramid.gov
(click on the pregnancy button)

Becky

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4/13/09 2:58 P

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No since I got pregnant I haven't really be keeping track. I am a lifetime weight watchers member and used to get 23 points a day. So I stick right around that usually. How many calories should I be eating a day?

DIETITIANBECKY
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4/13/09 1:39 P

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Your weight gain is a little on the high side, but in no way excessive.
Aim for about 3/4 pound gained weekly from here on out. This will give you about 17 more pounds, for a total of about 35 pounds. right in the healthy weight gain range of 25-35 pounds.

Since you are used to counting calories, do you know how many you have been getting daily??
Becky, Your SP dietitian

JESS1215
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4/13/09 11:20 A

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I am very concerned about the amount of weight I have already gained. Pre pregnancy weight was about 130 lbs. I am already up to around 148. I have been eating pretty good, except for the occasional dining out, and work out 3-4 times a week on cardio and weight lifting. I am an avid calorie counter and have had weight issues in the past (lost 80 lbs about 3 years ago). I am very afraid that this is getting out of control. Any advice?


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