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restricting carb intake in pregnancy to avoid huge weight gain?

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dinny Tue 19-Aug-08 12:50:01

following on from that other thread, low-carb in a healthy way - ie. avoiding processed carb but eating lots veg/fruit etc.

has anyone done it? ds was big and am sure he was so big as I ate quite badly in pg and put on loads of weight towards the end

nickytwotimes Tue 19-Aug-08 12:56:49

Just eat a reasonably healthy diet. If you restrict carbs, you'll feel even worse than usual!
Avoiding refined carbs is always good, but not wholemeal bread, pasta, rice, etc.

LackaDAISYcal Tue 19-Aug-08 13:04:32

dinny, I put on lots of weight at the end with DD, but she was still only 7lbs 6oz so not huge by any stretch of the imagination.

eat a sensible balalnced diet and all will be well, but bear in mind that some people just make big babies smile

haven't seen you to congratulate you, so congratulations on your pregnancy. How many weeks are you now? Everyone on the FB thread is asking after you smile

PortAndLemon Tue 19-Aug-08 13:08:16

Try low-GI. I had to do that this time (gestational diabetes) -- you don't particularly cut down on carbs, but switch to slow-release carbs and it helps to stabilise your appetite (eliminates blood sugar peaks and troughs).

dinny Tue 19-Aug-08 13:08:17

hello there! yes, haven't been around for ages - too busy puking with horrid all-day sickness! on hols now, just about to go boogie boarding with the kids

am 11 weeks and am getting used to the idea! was a bit of a shock!!!

yeah, think I do make big babies - just want to minimise chance as ds's shoulders got stuck! will come and have chat on FB some time xxx

LackaDAISYcal Tue 19-Aug-08 13:11:29

I saw your earlier threads and got that impression. Same here, but now at 29 weeks I'm really looking forward to it.

low GI would be sensible with plenty of non refined carbs. I've eaten really well this pregnancy and lost a stone in my fisr trimester and still haven't gone past my pre-pregnancy weight.

My good intentions are slipping now though blush

MrsMattie Tue 19-Aug-08 13:13:01

I wouldn't restrict your diet during pregnancy. Just stick to sensible eating, including complex carbs like brown rice, wholewheat pasta, wholemeal bread. You do actually need carbs for energy, especially in pregnancy.

hatcam Tue 19-Aug-08 13:35:38

listen to the wise women!

don't restrict your carb intake during pregnancy, you'll feel shocking and after a while you'll be stealing cake from wherever you can.

Eat carbs and protein at every meal, slow release carbs (like the ones already mentioned here) so basically avoiding the 'white' carbs.

big babies aren't directly related to a crapola diet. my mum is 4ft 11in, eats saintly food, she weighs about the same as the average bowl of cereal and gave birth to 2 babies weighting almost 10lb (ouch).

SpookyMadMummy Tue 19-Aug-08 13:37:11

My carbs have been restricted so far this pregnancy - but not because I am concerned about weight gain.
I am simply unable to tolerate carbs after about 1 - 2 pm as I have found that carb laden foods make me nauseous and can lead to sickness the next morning. The bouts of sickness I have had so far have been after a carby meal the previous night.

chandellina Tue 19-Aug-08 19:48:11

i cut back on carbs for much of my pregnancy and felt great. i did so because i was worried about getting GD (runs in my family), though i didn't. I did have ketones in my urine a couple of times though, which may have been because of fewer carbs in my system.
the nice thing is i didn't gain a lot of excess fat.
baby came out at 7lbs 10oz and three weeks later i am pretty much back to pre-pregnancy shape.
i'd better be careful though - i am now eating carbs with a vengeance!!

IceCube Tue 19-Aug-08 21:10:03

What about measuring calories? If you eat too many wherever thay come from you will gain excess weight.

I am eating about 2200 and gaining weight fairly slow and steady.

If I hadn't been measuring I reckon i would've eaten less to begin with as I felt sick but far more since then as my appetite picked up after 16 weeks.

dinny Wed 20-Aug-08 10:25:46

am feeling well lardy now actually as have been at my my mum's for a while and she is doing so much yummy baking.....

must get a grip!!!!

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