Saturday, January 11, 2014

More Weighty Issues

Well, I was right.  The doctor scolded me for not gaining enough weight.  So, I made a good day of it.  After the doctor's, I called my mom and we went out to Starbucks for some hot chocolate, and I treated myself to a cheese danish.  I would have preferred yogurt and fruit, but all they had was Greek yogurt, and I'm really not a fan.  Then, we went window shopping a bit, and by the time we were done it was time for lunch.  It didn't take long for us to decide on Chipotle.  I mean, really, what's better for weight gain? 

The problem is, I'm just really not that hungry.  So, if I want more calories, I often need to make them empty calories.  Then, I feel sick (don't even get me started on how I felt after eating two donuts in a day).  Honestly, I never thought I'd ever have an issue with gaining weight.

Like I said in my last post, though, my other fear is gaining way too much weight.  Ideally, I'll only gain 25-30 pounds throughout the pregnancy, but I've heard (and seen) way too many horror stories of people gaining 60+ pounds, and then having an extraordinary time trying to lose the weight.  I have a hard enough time losing weight without dealing with a baby, I really don't want to have to fight off extra weight gain.

So, I'm stuck with a conundrum.  How do I gain weight without eating foods that make me sick?  Apparently just eating extra fruits and veggies hasn't been cutting it, and I really don't want to force myself into the habit of eating tons of sugar or super-large meals.

Lots of people have told me not to worry about it.  They tell me I'll be fine, and that I'll gain plenty of weight in the last trimester, but I'm a worrier.  It's what I do, so I'm going to continue to worry a little bit.

I guess this post doesn't really have a resolution.  I just wanted to air out some of my feelings.  What are your thoughts?


  1. Honestly. I know it's impossible to hear "don't worry" and heed that advice when you are pregnant. As long as your baby is healthy and gaining you are fine. Look into healthy fats if you're worried about it. Go crazy on the guacamole and full fat icecream! I also kept a lot of string cheese around. If you are planning to breastfeed you really don't have to worry about taking a long time to lose weight afterward. It takes a few weeks but you'll be fine. Just don't get discouraged when things don't fit. Your body changes a lot so give yourself a little shopping spree after baby hits 3 months.

    You have a healthy lifestyle. The last thing you need to be worried about is your weight. You're growing a person. Continue to make the choices that you feel good about and if you are hungry for something in particular that is a little "unhealthy" go for it. I shed few tears over a McDonald's run once but my baby is just fine. Your body will tell you what baby needs. Sometimes it's a cheese Danish. Sometimes it's fruit and yogurt. Good work on the Chipotle though. Yum.

  2. In the category of things I'm unequivocally unqualified to share advice on....
    Have you looked into protein powders and bars? When I need calories (which is rare) and don't want substance, I often make a shake using Vega brand protein power, a banana, and some peanut butter. I've found the same thing you found —eating empty calories (carbs, most often) makes me feel sick. But protein calories doesn't.
    Good luck!