Sep 6, 2011

Really? I’m only supposed to add 300 Calories to my Pregnancy Diet!

I’m sorry but 300 calories does not come close to satisfying the bottomless pit my belly has become.  I understand that 300 calories of chocolate and 300 calories of fruits and veggies are vastly different in size, but 300 calories is just not enough right now at any size!  I think the doctors say 300 extra calories a day so we don't take the law into our own hands and add 1300 extra calories a day. Which I could easily do now if I give into my cravings.

All I know is I am hungry and it's going to take more than 300 calories to satisfy me!  I don't care if 300 calories is a huge bowl of fruits and veggies, I am still going to be hungry an hour later! I have a friend who says, “Oh just eat 6 small meals throughout the day.” That friend does not have a job or child and has plenty of time on her hands to plan, prepare and then eat 6 small meals a day. It's a great idea, don't get me wrong, the problem is that I have a job and one that I am constantly on the go with. I’m an outside sales rep, I am not keeping 4 small meals in my car. 

I like to think I have been very good so far, I eat a salad with my “sensible” lunch and dinner and try to snack on fruits and veggies.  But, I want nachos and pizzas with chocolate milkshakes ALL OF THE TIME now too!  It is such a fine line.  In the beginning I ate what ever I wanted because I rarely wanted to eat anything due to the nausea.  I was also pleasantly surprised that my first trimester cravings seemed to fall in line with what my body/baby needed.  Now I am fairly certain that my junk food cravings are not going to really benefit baby. 

If I let go and just eat whatever I want I will easily gain 100 pounds.  If I keep obsessing over healthy choices and only add 300 extra calories a day I feel like me and baby will starve! I wish I could afford a nutritionist to tell me what I need to eat so I can still have what I want to eat.  I keep ripping out diet plans and recipes from pregnancy magazines, but have yet to prepare one meal.  So, I guess I need a personal chef too.

I feel like I could continue with this rant and endless cycle for hours. I really don’t know the answer to how to eat well and still fulfill cravings, all while staying in line with the allotted pregnancy caloric intake. I am certain though that 300 extra calories a day is a joke!  I am doing the best I can and trying to make wise dietary choices 85% of the time.  Maybe that is the answer, just do the best you can and see how that goes.  I really don't care so much about the weight gain anymore.  That's going to happen whether I like it or not.

For me pregnancy has become a one-day-at-a-time process.  I've said it before and I will say it again, pregnancy is so daunting!  I want so bad to do the right thing throughout this pregnancy that I may be making it more difficult than it needs to be. I just want to do all I can to have a healthy baby. Judging by some of my friends who ate what ever they wanted and gained 50-70 pounds they had big beautiful healthy babies... and I suppose big beautiful healthy butts too. ;) I guess it all comes down to wise food choices and a decision of how much time I want to spend in the gym trying to fit back into my clothes.

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  1. I just said the other day that the first trimester is a cruel joke when it comes to food. Your hormones are raging and so you can eat whatever you want without gaining weight, the problem is you don't want to eat anything.

    I'm still having a hard time with not feeling good after I eat, anything. It's not nausea, it's like my food just doesn't digest. Then, hunger strikes without warning. Luckily now I can be hungry without it making me feel nauseated. But I'm still having a hard time preparing food because nothing really sounds good. I think so far the only really strong desire I've had toward food is milk chocolate. I'm having a sugar baby.

  2. Ditto. Except its Chocolate Milk for me! ; )