Diet While Pregnant???

Updated on August 11, 2011
A.C. asks from Boston, MA
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Hi fellow moms!

Im currently 6mo. pregnant with my second child. With my first I gained 37lbs. only to loose 20 with the help of Weight Watchers. I was actually just beginning another cycle of WW when I found out I was pregnant and just quit. I had been incorporating a few concepts I had learned but I also know in the back of my mind this is the only time in life that i'll get to indulge a little without the guilt. I was steadily gaining one-two pounds each doctors visit which was good, but this last visit I had gained 11 pounds!!!!!!! I feel horrible and am considering putiing myself on a mini diet. I would hate to gain another 37+ lbs this time! What do ya'll think?

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answers from St. Louis on

It is not a diet if all you are doing is eating a reasonable amount instead of "eating for two". If you gained 11 pounds that isn't healthy.

Exactly why do you think "indulging" while you are pregnant means you shouldn't feel guilty? If you are eating more than you and the child reasonably need you should feel guilty.

Yikes I sound like one of those stick people, sorry about that but this just doesn't make sense to me.

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answers from Washington DC on


I would just focus on eating healthy and exercise that my OB is saying is right for me and my baby - this pregnancy...every pregnancy is different....

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answers from Dallas on

don't "go on a diet" as far as restricting yourself to an unheatlhy amount of calories, but there is NO reason you can't make healthier food choices and do some walking if you're not in some high risk category that would make exercise dangerous.

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answers from Seattle on

I know we tend to think that pregnancy means we should not deprive ourselves of food, but in reality you only need about 200 additional calories while pregnant that is about half a bagel... without cream cheese!
Don't diet, just stop indulging yourself and return to a healthy an balanced diet.
Good luck.

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answers from Houston on

Just make sure your diet doesn't emit whole food groups, eat 7 times a day but only very snack sized portions and make sure its wholesome. You can work out too. Dont aim to lose weight, merely stay the same or gain a minimal amount.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

How about this idea: Eat as much of whatever healthy foods you want?
And slightly indulge on your splurge items.

Better than a "mini diet"!

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answers from Dallas on

I was pregnant 3 times. I gained and I lost. For me, it came down to that mindset of "this is the only time in life that i'll get to indulge a little without the guilt." if you can change your mindset to "I'm building a skeleton, I need lots of vitamin D and calcium. I'm building a brain, I need lots of protein and folic acid. I'm building a baby, I need lots of....." Than meals are a lot differant. You start building your plate based on building blocks for baby rather than - what sounds good today.

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answers from Dallas on

I wouldn't do a diet, but I'd eat differently. It's what I do. The more protein you eat, the less you gain. The more carbs you eat, the more you will gain. Fruits/veggies don't count as they are "free" food. Salads are free foods. You can eat whatever you want of those things. They are very healthy for you too!

Limit your breads (even whole wheat), juice (anything that's not water), rice, potatoes, chips, any unhealthy snacks, etc...all those things will make you gain weight.

Eat more protein. Beef is especially important in pregnancy (contrary to popular belief, it's not bad for you if you eat pure, healthy, organic beef. There is so much stuff in there that is important for you). I go for organic beef. But it helps with your blood as well as give you strength and energy for the pregnancy. Eat chicken and whatever other meats you like. There are other types of protein too, though. It doesn't have to all be meat. But you want 80-100 grams of protein a day.

With my first two pregnancies I didn't do this. I didn't have any sort of concept of what carbs did. I ate them as I pleased. I thought I was eating healthy versions of them, but the truth is, carbs make you gain weight - even if they are whole wheat carbs! Carbs mess with your insulin (even in non-diabetics).

I'm 31 weeks pregnant and probably 8 weeks ago I really started eating like this more strictly. I was gaining weight too fast - for no reason. So, I started eating more protein, few carbs - and lots of veggies/fruits. For snacks I eat an apple or grapes or banana. Those help a lot to give energy. They also have a lot of nutrients in them that are important. Some people say not to eat fruit if you don't want to gain weight, but I disagree! Fruits are so important. Oh, but over the past 8 weeks or so, I've maybe gained 2 lbs. As I said, I was getting a little chubby (for me), so it's been good that I've backed off on the weight gain.

This "diet" is good for any time. You will lose weight when you back way off on carbs. Make sure to drink only water. Juice isn't healthy for you, even if it's 100% juice (the way our bodies digest juice is more like you're drinking sugar...but if it's in fruit form, you chew it and your saliva breaks it down. In juice form, that doesn't happen!).

Anyway, so that's what I'd suggest:-) I don't count calories. I eat when I'm hungry. I just pay attention to the protein/carb thing. I make all my meals from scratch. Oh, and I also clean a lot (the nesting stage has gotten to me!). The more active you are, the more it'll help you not gain weight and will help your metabolism.

Good luck!

ADDED: The reason for the 11 lb weight gain COULD be because of water retention or something. Sometimes things like that happen and it doesn't mean you're being a slob or anything! I think often people don't know what really makes them gain it's hard to control it.

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answers from Seattle on


They can design a diet for you (Diet = What one eats) to provide enough nutrients and calories so that neither you nor the baby suffer from organ damage, and the baby doesn't suffer from birth defects.

Same token, that sudden weight gain may NOT be from your current diet, but may be an early sign of gestational diabetes, toxemia, edema...

Changing your diet while pregnant REALLY needs to be monitored by a medical professional who is familiar with pregnancy and the nutritional and medical complications associated with pregnancy.

((Personally, I'd LOVE to only gain 37 when pregnant. I gained 180 pounds when I was pregnant due to medical complications.))

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answers from Boston on

just remember that "indulging a little" can = lots of weight gain!
Nothing wrong with a little treat now and then, but 11 lbs in one month sounds excessive to me. Make sure your treats aren't too often, make sure they are portion controlled, and make sure you are really present and really ENJOY what you eat - you will need to eat less of it if you eat it slowly with lots on intention and enjoyment.
Good luck to you.
(p.s. - I think I gained 35 lbs with my first pregnancy - it all came off within the first 3 months post baby - nursing helped a lot with the weight loss).
Good luck!

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answers from Dallas on

I would say a definite no to "dieting." But yes to healthful eating. Try to eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables, plus drink plenty of water. It much easier to not gain the weight than to take it off.
If you are taking prenatals, you don't need to be eating lots of beef. I would go for more healthful options for the protein.
Good luck and God bless.

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answers from Hartford on

Don't diet. Just eat properly. The weight you gain during pregnancy is not fat but blood volume, water volume, amniotic fluid, placenta growth, uterine growth, baby growth, and there are a lot of other factors. The weight you gain isn't just about the food you're eating. That's why "dieting" during pregnancy is dangerous.

If you've gained 11 pounds in the past month then it's likely that you indulged a bit too much in sweets and fatty foods and that the pregnancy itself had a growth spurt. That's no reason for you to "diet" though. Eat healthy foods, eat healthy snacks throughout the day, drink plenty of liquids, and indulge occasionally. But right now is not the time to worry about your weight gain or loss. Your doctor will tell you the same thing.



answers from Honolulu on

You NEED to talk to your OB/GYN.
Bottom line.


answers from Dallas on

I gained 50 pounds with my first. I remember gaining 12 pounds in one month!! I think weight watchers has a very sensible program. I would follow their rules and then add 100 calories extra for the baby (I've read that is all you really need to eat.) I would also walk walk walk every day. I walked every day from the second trimester until delivery. I returned to my normal activity (running/walking) about a month after my DD was born. I lost 49 of the 50 pounds although it took one year.



answers from San Francisco on

You have to think about the baby. If your doctor is monitoring your weight and you are doing fine with eating right etc. don't worry about the gaining so much. 11 lbs is somewhat normal because everyone gains differently--not everyone gains 1 lb a week. I didn't gain until I was 5 months and then I gained 10lbs that month. If you are eating things you shouldn't cut back and focus on eating healthy. I wouldn't diet though---you want your baby to get the best start in life. You can lose the pounds after pregnancy---focus on the baby for now.




answers from Washington DC on

Do not diet unless your doctor says it is ok. I had diabetis and had to be on a diet to keep my blood sugar in check, not to loose weight. You have to realize those 11 pounds are not fat, they are mostly fluits like more blood and water in your system and all that is needed for the baby. Now calm down, eat something and for God's sake no diet of any kind.


answers from Chicago on

If the doctor isn't worried about your weight gain, then you should not worry either.

That being said, I agree with Riley J. See a nutritionist.

You can still control portion sizes as well.

Remember this: "Nutritious before delicious."

Good luck!

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