D.B. asks from Carrollton, OH on March 10, 2009
Need Help for a Diet While Pregnant
HI all, I just found out a couple of weeks ago that I am pregnant. I have been struggling with my weight since the birth of my 3rd daughter, now 21 months old. I need to keep my weight down during this pregnancy. are there any proven diets that I can try while not hurting the baby. I am 8 weeks right now and need to lose at least a few more pounds before I have to gain some. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
S.D. answers from Indianapolis on March 11, 2009
D.M. answers from Indianapolis on March 11, 2009
Hi D.. I have to chime in with the other moms, now is not the time to worry about weight.I've been overweight all of my adult life, after 6 pregnancies, I feel that the best thing to do is follow the Brewer Diet. It is the very best pregnancy diet, it will keep you and baby healthy. You can google it or their is a nutritonal list that is almost identical at the website home4birth. It would really be good to research this diet. Dr. Brewer came up with it to prevent pre-eclampsia. It really works, I know from experience! CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD LUCK!
C.R. answers from Columbus on March 11, 2009
Now is not the time to 'diet' but to eat healthy and exercise. As long as you eat sensibly and stay away from the junk then you will be making sure you're baby is getting what it needs and you will be healthier also. Walking is a wonderful exercise when pregnant and the weather is getting nice so get out there with your kids and walk or play. I'm quite overweight and 31 weeks pregnant and have only gained 9lb so far because I've eaten better (but NOT dieting) and walked more. I saw several ladies mention Weight Watchers but WW doesn't allow pregnant women to follow the program. You're best bet is to talk to your obgyn and see what they recommend. Make for sure you are getting your calcium in though!
Congratulations on your little miracle :)
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G.D. answers from Cincinnati on March 11, 2009
I was very heavy when I became pregnant with my first. Talk to your OB/GYN and see if they will refer you to the nurses who take care of the diabetic patients. They have an eating plan for diabetics that allows you to eat 6-8 small meals a day. I lost weight up until I was 34 weeks, BUT was eating the healtiest and best I had ever eaten! I NEVER FELT HUNGRY! But by no means do you need to be on a diet-diet. You need meal modifications only. Best wishes for your boy.
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R.S. answers from Terre Haute on March 11, 2009
Weight watchers it is not a diet but a healthy lifestyle change which will help you lose weight if you are overweight. It will keep you healthy during your preganancy and is really easy to follow now :)
J.W. answers from Columbus on March 11, 2009
Like others said don't diet, but have a healthy diet (eating habits). You really do have to think of it in a different way and it could help in the future with healthy eating habits. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes while pregnant and it is a different way of thinking than I was used to towards my eating. But I still ate quite a bit, but I ate different things and several small healthy snacks throughout the day. The one thing that the nutrionist said was one of the "free" foods because it didn't affect my sugar much was vegetables. So get lots of those, good for you and really good for your growing baby. Look up information about gestational diabetes since lots of other women have gone through the same and have stayed healthy and have had healthy babies.
S.L. answers from Columbus on March 11, 2009
I can send you information on a wonderful diet that my Integrative m.D. suggests for everyone ~ including pregnant women. It's not a weight loss diet per se, but it encourages your body to find its ideal weight, and allows you to eat plenty and receive all the nutrients you and yoru baby need now. it is a fantastic Diet for Life kind of plan. If you're interested in reading about the plan, sned me a private message, and I'll send you the text for a web site we're hoping to make about it.
My doctor began her career as a Pediatric M.D. who specialized in treating children with moderate to severe behavioral and developmental disabilities. She became concerned with the traditional medical community's recommendation for so many chemical medications, so she began to research alternative methods of treating these children. The parents saw such improvement in their children that they began making appointments with her too. She now has a family practice, and approaches each patient from a more natural approach before trying medication, but she still also follows traditional medicine when the case calls for it. She really is a marvelous doctor, and I know (from personal experience) that her plan not only works, but improves the health and energy of everyone who follows it. Her 101 & 3/4 year old father is a great testimony to her good work!
M.B. answers from Cincinnati on March 11, 2009
I would not advise any diet to lose weight, while you are pregnant. A regular "healthy" diet while you are pregnant is advised. I wouldn't do any of this without consulting your OB first and throughout the entire pregnancy.
I am sure that your OB has guidelines as to how many calories that you need per day and can give you some advice on what you should eat.
After you deliver, I know that Weight Watchers has a specific program for nursing mothers and all mothers for that matter, that are trying to get back in shape.
B.B. answers from Indianapolis on March 10, 2009
I completley understand where you're coming from, but will tell you that even Weight Watchers won't let pregnant people join any more. Most doctors will advise not going on a diet while pregnant.
I would call your OB/GYN before doing anything even remotely related to a "diet" - they may have some programs/guidelines to follow.
J.C. answers from Fort Wayne on March 11, 2009
It's all about what you eat, not dieting. If you cook with vegetable oil, switch to olive, if you drink a lot of pop, switch to diet, if you eat late night snacks, pick up a hobby to keep you busy during those times like reading or scrapbooking, if you cook a lot, serve yourself a smaller plate, and drink lots of water while you're eating. It's about making different choices. I manage my weight by just making good choices. I have weeks when I have a serious sweet tooth for ice cream, but if I have some, I just make sure it's not on a day where I've had a lot of extra calories, or I pay attention the following day to limiting my calories. The best way to do that is just make something low fat that day, like I may choose to make grilled chicken, a baked potato, and veggies instead of something heavy like meatloaf or pasta.