Diet during pregnancy...

I just started TTC this summer, and I'm wondering how much you all altered your diet when you were pregnant. I've read What to Expect When You're Expecting's ideas, and wondered if most of you followed something that extreme?

Any suggestions for other books you all liked?
Life with Lydia

I tried to eat well 90% of the time and indulged in my cravings occasionally. Avoided most of the no-nos (raw meat/fish/eggs, etc), limited my caffeine (but did not eliminate it all together). I did not drink at all during the first trimester but had an occasional half-glass of wine later on in my pregnancy. I tried to use the Brewer Diet as a rough guideline. No way could I eat that many eggs and drink that much milk on a daily basis but I tried to include dairy, protein, veggies or fruits and whole grains as much as I could into all my meals.

In the first trimester, especially if you are suffering from nausea, eat whatever you can keep down. After that, just be reasonable. I have a pretty low opinion of What To Expect and I think their diet is not realistic to follow 100%. You can use it as a rough guideline.
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My stomach/appetite is totally different during pregnancy. I try to eat as nutritiously as possible...but it's pretty different than what I eat when I'm not pregnant.
3b (with 3c tendencies) on modified CG

Geeky:

Thanks for the link!

I've cut back on coffee, eliminated alcohol, and started taking folic acid. I eat lots of fruits and vegetables and whole grains already, but I also have too many sweets. I might try keeping track of what I'm eating to see how I'm doing.

I just really love icecream...
Life with Lydia

I've given up on trying to follow a "diet." I keep fresh fruit in the house at all times so that when I feel like munching, I grab a fruit instead of junk food. I also try to make sure I get some vegetables and protein every day. I tried reading What to Eat When You're Expecting, but it was very judgemental and made me feel guilty all the time. I figure if I eat mostly nutritious food when I'm hungry, then we'll be fine.
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I keep fresh fruit in the house at all times so that when I feel like munching, I grab a fruit instead of junk food.
Originally Posted by Bailey422
I do that, and keep fruit and nuts at work. It's a lot easier when I don't keep junk food around.
Life with Lydia

As far as junk goes, ice cream is probably the best of the worst, cause at least you are getting protein and calcium. I was on a serious milkshake kick when I was pregnant. I think allowing yourself to indulge occasionally and in moderation is OK.
To Trenell, MizKerri and geeky:
I pray none of you ever has to live in a communist state.

Geeky is my hero. She's the true badass. The badass who doesn't even need to be a badass. There aren't enough O's in cool to describe her.
Geeky:

Thanks for the link!

I've cut back on coffee, eliminated alcohol, and started taking folic acid. I eat lots of fruits and vegetables and whole grains already, but I also have too many sweets. I might try keeping track of what I'm eating to see how I'm doing.

I just really love icecream... :wink:
Originally Posted by Brown_Eyed_Girl
do you have an icecream maker??? you could make my no fat icecream
It's 2 cups of skim milk, 1 can nonfat sweetened condenced milk and 1pkg sugar free fat free instant pudding mix it all together and put it in the ice cream maker.

I figured it up one time and the whole batch only had 500 calories in it so that's not that bad unless you're watching your sugars becuase of the sweetened condenced milk I'm going to try to figure out a substitute for that..

As for what I ate at the begining if it sounded good I ate it because very few things sounded good. I didn't really change to much I did try to drink more milk and eat more fruits and veggies though







I've given up on trying to follow a "diet." I keep fresh fruit in the house at all times so that when I feel like munching, I grab a fruit instead of junk food. I also try to make sure I get some vegetables and protein every day. I tried reading What to Eat When You're Expecting, but it was very judgemental and made me feel guilty all the time. I figure if I eat mostly nutritious food when I'm hungry, then we'll be fine.
Originally Posted by Bailey422
That book just sucks all around. I recommend Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Penny Simkin for a useful, objective book about pregnancy, birth and newborn care.

I agree with everyone else. I'm just trying to eat as healthy as possible, within reason, and trying to make sure I get plenty of fruits and veggies.

I too had a horrible sweet tooth before I got pregnant, but about 2 weeks in, I developed a very strong aversion to chocolate and most other sweets. I think I've had maybe 8 tootsie rolls in the last 6 weeks (normally I would eat 8 in one day in addition to other sweets/chocolate). I practically had to force myself to eat birthday cake at work today to be polite. Pre-pregancy I could easily have eaten 2 pieces.

I still do crave sweets occasionally, but can now only eat things like vanilla wafers or sherbet without feeling ill. So maybe your hormones will help you out in that department too.
3b/c normally, 3a/b in the winter

I just ate what/when I felt like eating (though I am pretty sure I avoided cold cuts because of whatever "rule" there is for not eating that stuff--I can't remember) and made sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. You're supposed to eat an additional 300 calories per day, but I never counted. I also heard the warnings against caffeine, yet at the end of my pregnancy, I would get immense cravings for coffee. By the third trimester, I couldn't eat much in one sitting because I just didn't have the capacity anymore anyway. Oh and we always had ice cream in the house, but that's how it is when I'm not pregnant too.

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