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March 12, 2013 9:30 PM
Ok I'm not pregnant (yet) but hubby and I would like another child. My last pregnancy I gained 60 pounds, and it took 2 years to get to my pre-pregnancy weight, which I am at right now. The next pregnancy though I don't want to gain the excess weight that I shouldn't really be gaining..what do people do to not gain as much while pregnant? Count calories? How do you know how many calories you need?
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March 12, 2013 9:33 PM
I believe a general rule of thumb is to eat at maintenance for the first trimester. If you are at a normal weight, you then want to add -250 cal/day in the second trimester and -500 cal/day in the third. Basically gaining .5 lb/week in the second trimester (so around 7 lbs) and 1 lb/week in the third (14 lbs), for a total of around 20-25 lbs. If underweight, you want to gain a little more, and if overweight a little less.

I'm going from memory here but I think those numbers are in the right ballpark. And I feel your pain. I gained 67 lbs and now, a year later, I'm only a third of the way down.
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March 12, 2013 9:36 PM
This is the kind of question that you should ask a professional, perhaps a registered dietician. Could you ask your ob or midwife for a referral?
Edited by acbabbitt On March 12, 2013 9:37 PM
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March 12, 2013 9:38 PM
Sarah, thank you for the info!

acb, I know that, I just would like an idea of how things would go before I am pregnant so I can start off right..just looking for general info.
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March 12, 2013 9:43 PM
I'm sure you know everything I'm about to say (seriously, I'm not being snarky) but when I was pregnant it felt like half my brain just up and disappeared. That could have been the hyperemesis, but who can say for sure ;)

Anyway, having had premature and very ill babies, I just wanted to say that there is a healthy way and a not-healthy-way. Choose wisely ;)
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March 12, 2013 9:53 PM
QUOTE:

I'm sure you know everything I'm about to say (seriously, I'm not being snarky) but when I was pregnant it felt like half my brain just up and disappeared. That could have been the hyperemesis, but who can say for sure ;)

Anyway, having had premature and very ill babies, I just wanted to say that there is a healthy way and a not-healthy-way. Choose wisely ;)


Yeah I don't want to do anything unhealthy while pregnant..if that means gaining 60 pounds again then so be it..I just really would like to not have to do that lol. Once,if and when I become pregnant I will be talking to my midwife about it..but I will stay at maintenance until I get professional advice, thanks again Sarah for the info ;)
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March 24, 2013 5:22 PM
Actually it's VERY healthy for your baby to keep your weight in check and watch calories! Gaining too much weight can cause major complications for both you and baby! Congrats on getting ahead of the game! I'm currently 26 weeks prego but didn't start counting calories until wk 17.
Edited by xoxo82 On March 24, 2013 5:22 PM
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March 24, 2013 5:56 PM
With my first kid, I gained 55 pounds during my pregnancy.
With my second, I gained only 20! I was very vigilant about counting calories in the second trimester. In the third, I started to get less so, but I still kept my weight down. My doctor was able to tell me how many extra calories I needed during each trimester, and then I did the math from there, and used MFP almost the entire time.
But I will say that I credit a lot of it to the fact that I craved watermelon instead of kit kats, too. :D
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