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#1 Turquoise1

Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:11 PM

Hi Everyone,

I read a great forum from Mum's wanting to stay in healthy shape for the pregnancy. I realise my issue may be different. At the beginning of my pregnancy I was under great stress and I stepped up my early walking before I knew I was pregnant. My fiance noted I was skinnier than ever but I'm still in good healthy weight.

I'm veggo and gluten free but I eat fish. I think protein is my biggest issue so İ'll increase the fish. Other proteins include legumes but I'm off those - I have enough gas during this pregnancy already!

My hunger has greatly decreased but I graze on rice crackers with tomatoes, fruit and veges. I thought my Dr said in the 2nd trimester the baby will 'use' my food. So, any advice on whether I should worry about my decreased appetite? I heard I don't need to eat for 2 until 2nd trimester.

I miss our healthy, colourful food options in Oz!

Thank you!

#2 4WD_Baby#1

Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:18 PM

I am 17 weeks and for the last two weeks I cant stomach things so i eat veggies, fruit and sometimes meat. Im not a veggo myself. I will eat anything but sometimes throw it up. I wouldnt be too fussed, take your prenatals and try to eat lots of what you have been. Crackers with fish sometimes, pasta etc will fill you up.

#3 Lainskii

Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:23 PM

You never need to eat for two during a pregnancy, it is a myth.

I researched when I was last pregnant and what I followed was to eat an extra 100 calories each day for the first tri-mester, an extra 200 calories each day for the second tri-mester and an extra 300 calories a day for the thrid  tri-mester. Obviously these are approximate amounts as some days you may feel hungry and other not. If you google, lots of articles mention eating approx 300 calories extra for the last two tri-mesters.

There was a recent post in the pregnancy section about exercising and the leaflet that was posted on there mentioned eating 300 extra calories a day for the whole pregnancy but I don't think you need that much extra over the whole pregnancy.

Make sure you are taking a pregnancy multi-vitamin as well.

It is good that you are eating fish but just make sure you aren't getting too much mercury. There are safety guides to the types and amounts of fish you should eat during pregnancy.

This link is really good about the foods and vitamins/minerals you should be eating and also includes the fish you should avoid/limit.

Good luck with your pregnancy

#4 wickle pickle

Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:25 PM

I heard that you never actually have to eat enough volume for 2 but rather that every bite has to count - ie it should be a high-value food rather than junk that fills you up but has no nutritional value.

What you're eating sounds OK to me, except that rice crackers aren't particularly nutritious and can be quite salty, so maybe switch to something else there.

Oh and be careful with the fish - don't eat too much 'big' fish, eg tuna and salmon etc as they can have high mercury levels (because they eat other fish and also have been alive longest to absorb more) which can cause miscarriage and other problems with pregnancy. Smaller fish should be fine and are a good source of protein and Omega-3s etc which are really important.

Edited by wickle pickle, 15 April 2012 - 11:28 PM.

#5 4WD_Baby#1

Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:33 PM

Yummy, sardines  biggrin.gif

#6 Lainskii

Posted 17 April 2012 - 11:02 AM

Howls - you can eat up to 3 serves of barramundi a week (as long as you have no other fish).

It is the 'big' fish that you can only eat either once a week (and no other fish) or once a fortnight (and no other fish) The reason that big fish are more likely to have higher levels of mercury is because they will have lived longer and eaten other smaller fish that have mercury so increases their levels.
Tuna in a tin is generally ok as they are the smaller variety that are used. Fresh tuna is probably still ok but I wouldn't eat too much of it every week.

Other thing to remember is if you have fish & chips (with the generic fish that they use) you shouldn't eat any other fish for a fortnight as the majority of fish and chip shops use Flake.

Eat 2-3 serves (150g)  per week of any fish and seafood not listed below
Eat 1 serve per week of these, and no other fish:
Catfish or Orange Roughy (Deep Sea Perch)
Eat 1 serve per fortnight of these, and no other fish:
Shark (Flake) or Billfish (Broadbill, Swordfish and Marlin)

#7 Turquoise1

Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:09 PM

Thanks everyone for your awesome input. I ate half a salmon steak and some small white fish (çupra - Turkish) last night. Wow - that protein hit. I'll visit London tomorrow so I can't wait for some different yummy food! I'll stock up on gluten free goodies and...so much more! By the way, yesterday was my junk treat day. Aside from the healthy meals, I indulged in a packet of potato chıps. I never bought crisps for myself before but I crave them and they're so nice in the tummy - just once a week.

Anyway, I'll assume my minimal weight loss is OK for now. Happy eating!

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