Friday, November 12, 2010

I know it is Friday and I am late, but I am posting anyway. :)

I have a good reason for not posting yesterday...I have been in a bit of a rut this week. Not only have I come down with a cold, but when I went to the doctor on Tuesday she told me that I was gaining too much weight. Um, excuse me? I surely can't be the hugest pregnant person ever, right? I am still exercising plus my belly always measures the right size. I have been uber-frustrated this week trying to figure out what to do about it. Not that there can be a ton done about it, except hopefully slow down the weight gain a bit.

She recommended that I go on a diabetic "diet" where I cut some carbs and fruits with lots of natural sugar and bulk up on protein and veggies...and make any carbs whole grain ones. Uh. I don't really want to! It isn't like I am eating a bunch of bad stuff- my main craving is canned peaches- and I thought pregnancy was the one time I wasn't going to have to be watching my calories and such. As it turns out, now I am more concerned about my weight than I was before I was pregnant. Nuts.

So what do you think? Has this happened to anyone else? If it is really something that needs to be done for the baby that is fine but if it is just so I have less to lose later, I want to worry about that when the time comes and just enjoy pregnancy (and the holidays, hello!) As if my emotions weren't on overdrive anyway, this has really put me through the ringer this week...I have been angry, depressed, confused, frustrated, determined, apathetic, defiant, and most definitely cranky.

I am still unsure of what I should do about it...any thoughts?


Kathy Haynie said...

Alex, the recommendations have changed so much since my last baby was born 24 years ago. I don't know what to offer, except my faith in your good sense and strong habits of health.

Sarah said...

I just posted on your family blog... I pretty much wrote a novel! Please email if you want more details/encouragement.

Marae said...

I've been meaning to post on your blog too. Anyway, this really irks me for some reason!

Mainly I think that if you're keeping active and eating mostly healthfully your body will do what it needs to do to make a healthy baby. Some bodies hold on to more weight, and some hold on to extra water. And weight fluctuates so much over days/weeks.

I also think that stress is more detrimental than a few extra pounds. I was never weighed after 13 weeks, which I so appreciated. I think that if my future doctors insist on weighing, I'll tell them that I'd rather not know.

I'm no doctor, but I say to eat what you crave, as long as you're eating a wide range of nutrients and not binging on processed carbs and sugar.

And Kathy mentioned that recommendations have changed, which happens a lot! While they're often good and well-intentioned, I'd stick to what feels right over the advice of the moment.

do what feels right and enjoy being pregnant!

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Leigh Anne said...

I'm 5 mos pregnant with number 3. With all of my pregnancies, I TRY to eat well & exercise. The exercise has been huge for me and enabled me to have 2 easy labors - 5 hrs & 2 hrs! The only consequence (of gaining too much) I can think of for the baby would be the baby getting too large and therefore having to have a C-section or too much weight gain can put you at risk for gestational diabetes.
I totally understand your struggle. I feel like during pregnancy is the one time I can eat a bit more & not watch it as much. I gained more weight than I would have like to with baby #2 and it was sooooo hard to get it off. That pudge around the tummy just wouldn't quit! And I know that last bit of "muffin top" was the weight I had gained from not eating well :( I don't want to discourage you at all. Just know that you are not the only pregnant woman out there feeling this way. I'm hoping to do OK through the holidays - that's where I really struggle too many bad things that I really wanna eat!

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