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Can you share your tips for minimum weight gain in early pregnancy?

(30 Posts)
PseudoBadger Tue 26-Feb-13 21:35:14

I'm looking for healthy, nausea friendly snacks really. Hula Hoops are my downfall, they really work like nothing else. Apart from those, I seem to pile on the pounds from an early stage without actually doing too much else wrong (water retention?) and I find it quite depressing sad

I had hg which 'helped' me lose weight.
When I could eat something I actually liked apples and oranges. Lots of lemon squash instead of tea and coffee and filled up on water.

JumpHerWho Tue 26-Feb-13 22:29:13

I know it's rubbish but just eat the Hula Hoops! Pregnancy nausea is horrible and it's hard enough without denying yourself. I started out a size 8, and put on five stone in pregnancy - it all came off within six months of running around like a blue-arsed fly anyway. Am quite looking forward to next time smile it was Dunkin Donuts and anything dipped in Dijon mustard for me...

BikeRunSki Tue 26-Feb-13 22:31:45

I was going to say Hyperemisis too. But then Mini Cheddars. 3 stone and 16 months later....

PseudoBadger Tue 26-Feb-13 22:33:05

Well with DS I did just go with the flow and lost it all afterwards! But I think I'm just feeling a bit sensitive about it this time as I gained quite a lot a bit with my second pregnancy which unfortunately ended at 12 weeks, so it feels like 'wasted' weight gain if that makes sense. I lost most of that weight before this pregnancy, but not all of it so I feel like I'm already behind IYSWIM. I think perhaps my fear of another mc is manifesting I. A fear of weight gain. Oh god, I'm bonkers aren't it?

PseudoBadger Tue 26-Feb-13 22:33:50

Oh and everyone who I see at the moment who is pregnant has a beautiful bump and is normal everywhere else!

PseudoBadger Tue 26-Feb-13 22:34:13

Sorry for shit typing!

HumphreyCobbler Tue 26-Feb-13 22:34:23

I am crap at not putting on weight in early pg - I seem to put on about ten pounds by 3 months. It is impossible for me to limit my carby food, I throw up green bile if I don't eat every two hours.

Before I got my BFP I had been successfully low carbing for nine months. I have just eaten four cream crackers and drunk a can of coke shock I NEVER eat crap like this at any other time.

sorry, this is not helpful is it?

JumpHerWho Tue 26-Feb-13 22:35:42

Oh bless you. All the more reason to relax and just eat whatever you want and bugger what anyone thinks. It wasn't wasted weight gain, it was exactly what you and your baby needed at that time x

HumphreyCobbler Tue 26-Feb-13 22:36:43

Oh I recognise that feeling - I too had a miscarriage last year at 11 weeks and I ended up a stone heavier. I know exactly what you mean about wasted weight gain, it seemed to add insult to the injury.

I am planning to resume my no wheat/sugar diet when the nausea goes. At the moment I feel like I am being slowly poisoned.

JumpHerWho Tue 26-Feb-13 22:38:03

Humphrey - I low-carb too, I think when I get pregnant my body just panics and screams out for carbs then clings to them! grin I suffered really badly with sickness and was on several different anti-emetics but still piled on the pounds...

PseudoBadger Tue 26-Feb-13 22:38:35

Oh thank you all for understanding <sobs>

I'll join you on the carbs then Humphrey grin

rrreow Tue 26-Feb-13 22:58:36

I felt really fat and felt like I was putting on too much weight in my 1st trimester. I only felt relief from the sickness when eating, so that's what I did. Then around 22w all of a sudden my bump became much more like a bump, rather than just a podgy part of me. Feeling much better about it now! Hopefully something similar will happen for you?

Mc does cause problems for your body. In 2012 I was 'pregnant' 3 times. Sadly 2 ended in mc at 8 and 10 weeks but fingers crossed this one is sticking (currently 24 weeks). My body didn't know what was going on and I put on quite a bit of weight. Hg caused me to lose it all but I do think eat what your body is telling you to eat. I only ate fruit as I couldn't stomach crisps.

JumpHerWho Tue 26-Feb-13 23:02:05

Littlemiss - I like the idea of eating what your body tells you, but it's ok if your body is telling you to eat fruit - mine was demanding chicken nuggets washed down with a chocolate milkshake! grin

CityDweller Wed 27-Feb-13 09:09:15

I do think if you have bad nausea you just have to eat what appeals. I went from a low-carb/paleo diet to only really being able to stomach carbs (crackers, toast, baked potatoes) in 1st tri. But, I didn't really put on weight until my 2nd tri (when nausea went and I was ravenous all the time). Perhaps because I lost my usually raging sweet tooth at the beginning? Anyway, really all I could do was go for it and hope it worked out. I've put on 2st so far (35 wks) and while I haven't been eating total crap, I have been eating what I want and when I want with frequent treats.

Try not to worry about it too much!

AnythingNotEverything Wed 27-Feb-13 09:20:16

Stop weighing yourself.

Honestly though, I think I've gained half a stone just in extra boobage, beer mind my slowly expanding backside.

My plan is to try and keep active ... When the exhaustion passes obviously!

Msbluesky32 Wed 27-Feb-13 09:32:24

I found salt and vinegar crisps helped with my nausea and I ate quite a few packets multipacks in the first 20 weeks. Despite feeling so sick I couldn't stop eating and I just went with it. I wouldn't worry, everyone I have spoken to lost a lot of weight post birth with all the running around. Sickness is bad enough so if you find something that makes you feel even just a little better don't deny yourself - and your body might be needing the salt.

SeriousStuff Wed 27-Feb-13 09:54:19

Stop worrying about it - I was obsessed at the beginning but as the nausea set in, I've just been eating Hula Hoops, toast and battered food e.g. fish fingers, scampi, chicken dippers (I never eat these things normally!). Maybe just control your portions a bit so e.g. if you feel better by eating constantly throughout the day rather than waiting 4 hours for your next meal, break your meals up - if you usually have a sandwich for lunch, maybe have one half at 12 then the other half at 1?

Eat whatever gets you through at this stage. Hopefully, after the first trimester, you'll be able to stomach more of your usual foods, so then you can control your diet a bit more.

I hate losing control of my body as I usually eat very well and exercise 5-6 times a week but I feel too ill to exercise now too. Maybe try and go out for walks to support your changing diet.

christilass Wed 27-Feb-13 10:44:17

I'm due in 4 days and I've only put 1 stone on ...... I'm utterly amazed

Paradisefound Wed 27-Feb-13 10:53:12

Eat what you crave .. You probably need it.
Don't weigh yourself until after the birth.
You won't know how much of your weight gain is fluid anyway ( probably most of it!)

I had hyperemesis lost well over a stone by week 10, couldn't keep meat or veg down until week 15 .... Weight soon went back on after 20 weeks. I was a mini cheddar addict! Just a few weeks to go for me...

GingerDoodle Wed 27-Feb-13 13:58:02

I had really really bad sickness so despite living of cheese & ham toasties, choc spread sandwiches and ice cream I weighed in less at 12 weeks than I did to start with. That said I did walk 5 + miles a day, 5 days a week and continued to do so until the day I gave birth. I was huge at the end but it was all bump. I was back under pregnancy weight within a week of giving birth.

Creamtea1 Wed 27-Feb-13 18:42:33

I think exercise (well any activity - walking is great as per gingers post ) is the key. Keep active and am sure it helps with keeping extra pounds at bay.
However is easier said than done in first trimestre if you're feeling awful

If you like bread switch to nimble whole meal as its low calorie but tastes quite nice

PseudoBadger Wed 27-Feb-13 19:35:44

Thanks everyone. I'm not feeling that rubbish so far (6+5), I'm more trying to preempt it! I walk my dogs as my main exercise so that will obviously keep going throughout the pregnancy. Thanks for all the great tips smile

HumphreyCobbler Wed 27-Feb-13 19:55:04

I get SPD and can't walk anywhere <mourns> My body just doesn't take to this pregnancy lark

PseudoBadger Wed 27-Feb-13 20:10:54

Gosh yes I forgot that pleasure that I had (although not to a debilitating level last time)!

CareerGirl01 Wed 27-Feb-13 20:26:22

Just avoid eating too many sugary and fried things. That's not to say you can't eat a whole box of the odd Thorntons chocolate now and again.

HaveIThoughtThisThrough Thu 28-Feb-13 13:34:55

I've joined slimming world to limit my weight gain (already carry around two extra stone) to just what the baby needs. I've been mainly having carbs too but they are free on this plan so I've actually lost 3lbs overall since my BFP (9 weeks + 2 now). It seems to be working well and it's keeping me focused on healthy snacks and limiting chocolate etc. It's more about eating healthy balanced meals than restricting calories.

HotSoupDumpling Thu 28-Feb-13 14:05:44

Pseudo -every time you mention hula hoops I realise how much I want some!

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