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Weight gain during pregnancy

The first trimester is the toughest when it comes to eating and controlling your weight. You all know what I am talking about. You feel sick all day long, you cannot eat, even if you eat you may not be able to keep it in, and heightened sense of smell does not even let you look at some food groups. Controlling yourself in the first trimester is very hard and you are likely if you can eat some food then keep it actually in.

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During my first trimester I could only eat bagel with cream cheese, pizza, pasta with cheese and any citrus fruit. I could not stand garlic, hummus or anything green including salad spinach etc. I knew not eating would make me weaker and also I had to go to work so I would have a bagel in the morning, some fruit in the afternoon, then pizza and some soup in the evening. I knew I was not in taking nutritious food, but that’s what I managed to eat at that time. I was not too concerned either because I knew this period was transient and I was going to get some supplementation from prenatal vitamins. I was able to take control of my food intake, make healthier food choices and control my cravings as well as portion sizes better once my nausea settled.

http://www.babyyourbaby.org/images/pregweightdiagram.gifThe recommended amount of weight gain is 11-33 lb during pregnancy. If you are gaining less than 11lbs then your baby may be underweight and premature. If you gain more than 33 lbs, it will be harder for you to move around with all that extra weight, you may set yourself for gestational diabetes and/or high blood pressure, and it will be harder to lose all that extra weight post pregnancy. I know people who gained 50-70 lbs during pregnancy and unfortunately, it was really hard for them to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight since it took months and a big commitment and lots of sacrifice.

Tips to avoid excessive weight gain during pregnancy

woman-eating-two-burgersPeople will try to convince to eat whatever you want in large amounts because you are eating for two.

Learn to say no. Remember your baby only needs 300 calories on average a day so there is no need to double up your portions. All the extra calories are unnecessary and will be stored in your body.

P-portionControl-enHD-AR1Stop eating once you get full.

As your uterus keeps expanding into your abdominal cavity, there is will be less and less room so overeating will create a lot more discomfort for you. Pace your self and remember portion control.

fresh-produceAdd more fresh produce to your diet; keep them available in your fridge.

If you like to snack, have fresh produce and healthy snack ready in your kitchen. If you have good food choices such as hummus, yogurt, edemame, veggies or fruit in your fridge you are more likely to snack on those before you open a package of cookies.

e64cc62a2a20a84d7ad6404bdb80b760Drink water, keep hydrated!

Remember you may not be hungry, you may be thirsty. There is not really a recommended amount of water intake you need to reach. However, still ensure that you are drinking water not soda, coffee or all other zero calorie carbonated drinks. Remember nothing will replace water. If you do not like the taste of plain water, then try adding some fresh cucumber, lemon, mint, and/or strawberries for some flavor. You know what works best to make yourself drink more water.

Sweet tooth challenge 

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If you have a sweet tooth and it is hard for you to give up on cookies, cake, ice cream then definitely try portion control. During my first trimester, magnum brand double chocolate caramel ice cream bar would relieve my nausea. Weird right?! I would crave for it right before bed between 9-10 pm. After I put on 8lbs during my second month of being pregnant, I knew that habit had to stop. I started eating only half and saving the other half for the following night. Cut your portion size in half, eat slower for a prolonged satisfaction period and avoid from eating in front of TV since you can indulge a lot more without realizing.

Avoid packaged products and baked goods and take control of your cravings.

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Sugar is the #1 substance that 99% of the population is addicted to. There is sugar in everything especially in packaged products. More sugar you eat, more you will crave for it. During my pregnancy, I would crave for dates right before bed after I had my ice cream bar. I would tend to eat about 12-14 of them in one sitting and I know it a big sugar load for my system. I would try to hold off on that to have it when I wake up in the morning. More you expose yourself to late night snacking, more your body will store. If you can hold off on your cravings and eat in the morning, you are more likely to burn that off throughout the day.

If you are struggling with nutrition and weight gain, see a professional.

I am not a nutritionist or a dietitian and all the information that I offer on my website is drawn from my personal experience as a new mother. If you are really struggling with what to eat, want to learn more about different food groups and how they affect your body, also has weight issues, I advise you to see a professional who can guide and help you. You can definitely talk to your OBGYN, see a nutritionist or dietitian.

During my pregnancy, I really enjoyed reading and learning more from Mark Sisson’s Primal Blue Print book, and Primal Blue Print Cookbook as well as Quick and Easy recipe book. If you want to learn more about nutrition, making better food choices and how to make healthy food in seconds, these books are treasures that are definitely worth checking out.

I would like to hear about your perspective. What do you think? Please comment and let me know!

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Is my baby kicking?

During first trimester, morning sickness onsets due to change in hormone levels in your blood which is super important for babies growth and placenta formation. Sensitive stomach and heightened sense of smell is a primitive tool to keep you away from bad food. Majority of the women experience some sort of morning sickness and the duration varies.

2d792aea0f016e7f0aa3824450ac078eMany people gave me a positive perspective on being sick; my hormones were working, and my body was doing what it supposed to do so it was a good thing. Around 3.5 months, when the nausea stopped and I was pretty much back to feeling normal; I did not feel pregnant at all. First, you tell yourself not to be crazy, and you are ok. At the time, one of family friends had to go for a surgical abortion at 3 months because her baby’s heart stopped. You can imagine then I started fearing what if something happened to my baby? Early in the pregnancy, my plan was to not get ultrasound at every doctor visit. Once I entered second trimester, I could not wait for the ultrasound just to see my baby. When we went for our 4 months follow up visit, I was relieved to know he was ok.

11055916_843521119074265_2014033821_nFeeling the first kick or move is very exciting for both parents. I did not start feeling him kick or move until 4.5 months. It is different for every mother. Also feeling your baby move has to do with the position of your baby in relationship to the placenta. If your baby is lying on top the placenta then your baby is directly under your belly, making the barrier between you two less. If placenta is between your stomach and the baby, it will be harder for you to feel all the punching and the kicking that may be going on.

77308d530b3a2b7dc9507d21a1d56cdeThe period between the nausea stopping and baby starting to kick, maybe a little unnerving but do not worry. I was not thrilled at all regarding ongoing sickness during my first trimester, however when the nausea stopped and fatigue subsided, I started feeling not pregnant. Do not worry and panic! Your little one is probably safe and just hanging out which will be confirmed at your next follow up visit.

 

I would like to hear about your perspective. What do you think? Please comment and let me know!

 

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Does your morning sickness stop you from taking your prenatals?

morning_sicknessI do not know why it is called morning sickness since you feel queasy all day long. In my case, I did not have too bad of a sickness when I compare myself to others where women could not get out of bed, could not eat anything, lost weight and even had to get an IV put in due to risk of malnutrition. I never threw up, nausea would cause me to gag, I would go to the bathroom just incase and It would stop. I guess I was lucky.

I did not have any pregnancy symptoms until 6 weeks 3 days. It all started with onset of mild sickness, followed by bathroom visits every two hours. I had to continue to take my vitamins especially prenatal and folic acid tablets but they were also making me nauseous. Doctor prescribed me an increased dose of folic acid for my first trimester due to my sister being born with a cleft lip. He had to make sure we were preventing any genetic problems. Prenatal vitamins plus the folic acid added to about 8 pills a day. If you have difficulty taking one, taking 8 of them can be a huge challenge. Luckily, I was taking capsules where I could open them up and mix them with a median such as juice. I chose to purchase vitamin code prenatals and Bluebonnet Folic acid from wholefoods store.

Increasing my vegetable and fruit intake was not easy since I could not stand the sight of anything green. Therefore, I decided to make smoothies in the morning. I would put more fruit than vegetable to make the smoothie sweeter so it would be easier to drink. When you are pregnant, your heightened sense of smell and taste do not allow you to eat certain food groups. The best strategy is to trick yourself into eating them by mixing in the food that you like to eat.

healthy-fruit-smoothieMy favorite recipe was:

  • ½ banana
  • couple strawberries- whatever you have at home
  • ¼ of blueberries
  • Spinach (eating spinach was impossible otherwise
  • Chia seeds (great source of nutrition)
  • Yogurt (most of the time strawberry yogurt)
  • Milk
  • Then open 8 capsules of supplements

Blend it then take it to the car with me, and I would finish it before I got to work.

Just like any other expecting mother, I started searching all questions or concerns that I had online. I also started reading the book,what to expect when you expecting. All the sources said eat small meals frequently throughout the day so I decided to follow the advice. Surprisingly, I started getting light headed when I got up too fast, it would get dark and start spinning. I suspected it was my blood pressure. My normal is 100/60. I started taking my blood pressure 3-4 times a day and realized that it was fluctuating between my normal and 125/ 80. At first, I thought it was just pregnancy, then I figured I was not eating enough. I used my fitness pal to track my calories and I was taking about 1300 calories instead of 2000/2200 calories a day. I decided to heck with online advice and started eating my regular portions, which immediately resolved my blood pressure problem. Interesting huh? I guess your body is much more sensitive when you get pregnant.

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