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A thread for those who feel guilty about their diet...

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Reginamygina Fri 03-Jul-09 10:56:48

I know I did.

I'm 12 weeks pregnant with number 3. I am still suffering from morning sickness, which I have been since week 6.

My diet has been crap, hate the sight of a veg, not keen on fruit apart from melons. Basically all I fancy is starchy food, the more carbs the better.

Anyway, I was feeling guilty, thinking of my poor baby in there, not getting enough vitamins and minerals, thinking of the amount of Pregnacare tabs down the toilet....but I had my blood results yesterday...and they are apparently fantastic! The consultant was amazed and said she would expect such healthy results from a "superhealthy" non-pregnant individual! I am puzzled (and it certainly doesn't feel like I'm "superhealthy").

So all that to say that our body has its weird way of coping with sickness/ pregnancy etc, and maybe I should learn to trust mine a bit more.

mumsiebumsie Fri 03-Jul-09 12:42:40

Funny you say that.

First 12 weeks I totally went off vegetables and fruit too. All I could eat was really citrusy fruit like grapefruit and oranges and even those I had sporadically.

I am also vegetarian (but eat fish) and had no desire to eat fish or any other meat alternatives. So lived on bread, bread and more bread!

Had blood tests and iron levels were great and everything perfect! It was such a suprise as everyone told me I was probably anaemic.

My mother said though that it's what you were eating before you became pregnant that's important, to ensure you have sufficient reserves, not necessarily what you consume in those first few weeks (apart from Folic acid) - think there must be a lot of truth in that.

chamoiscreased Fri 03-Jul-09 12:45:27

Oh I feel so guilty!
I'm 7 weeks and have violent sickness and can only stomach carbs like biscuits and the occasional bit of bread. Oh and chips blush Fruit and veg are out of the question as every time I eat them I end up being sick all night. Pregnacare is my only source of anything half decent. You have calmed me down a bit, thank you!

smartacus Fri 03-Jul-09 12:47:13

When pregnant with DD1 the only two things I could put in my mouth without feeling sick were coca cola and carrots for the first 5 months. After that I added Malteesers to my diet! not ideal but we both did survivegrin.

ErikaMaye Fri 03-Jul-09 12:51:29

20 weeks, craving crisps for pretty much the first time in my life!! And some days I just kinda forget to eat... Blood tests have been fine, iron levels fantastic... So I'm assured I'm healthy!

VAB Fri 03-Jul-09 13:07:58

I just ate carbs for my first 12 weeks, all I could stomach but even they didn't stay down. When you are feeling and being sick it's better to eat what you fancy than go without or force fruit/veg down.

Once you get past the nausea your diet can return to a more normal one but you will find you'll fancy different things through the stages I suspect?! I did feel guilty to start with but now just go with the flow. My weight hasn't been ridiculous and I am now loving fruit (grapes, melon, strawberries) and vegetables.

I have put the chips down!! wink

TotallyAndUtterlyPaninied Fri 03-Jul-09 13:09:08

I'm 6 weeks and hate all of the normal things I would eat and I just want to eat carbs and pastry. Today I have eaten 3 sausage rolls and a steak bake blush so my bloods would be fantastic lol.

ErikaMaye Fri 03-Jul-09 13:13:04

I justify it by thinking that if my body didn't need it, I wouldn't be craving it. I refuse to hear anything to the contrary grin

JemL Fri 03-Jul-09 13:21:57

I spent the first 12 weeks consuming nothing but coke and wotsits. At 26 weeks I still mainly want to eat carbs, although I do force down fruit and veg!!

alana39 Fri 03-Jul-09 13:39:46

Wow JemL coke and wotsits sounds like my diet when I was 14.

Spent weeks 6-16 this time mainly eating bread, marmite, chips and peri peri sauce. Sometimes together. Not sure it matters whether it is good for growing babies, as most of it ended up thrown up so at least it was cheap.

flyingcloud Fri 03-Jul-09 14:08:43

Feeling so guilty too... It's the raging hunger I get that if not sated only fuels the horrendous nausea. I started by craving carbs only and ate A LOT of bread, peanut butter (I read that it's good for you even though you need to be careful about allergies, it's a good source of energy and protein (??)), crisps, pasta etc. Couldn't stomach fruit, veg or meat. I now crave only sweet things and still can't face meat. I can do things like spag bol if I'm really hungry, but nothing like sausages or steak. I have started eating a lot of ice creams...

I do wonder what damage I'm doing as I just eat when I feel like it and eat crap!

jaype Fri 03-Jul-09 16:29:37

I am sure that babies are parasites - even if we end up clapped out and knackered, they manage to find all the goodness they need in some hidden reserve in our bodies. No wonder our hair falls out the second they emerge...

Now 10+3 and still can't face any fruit or veg at all, except bananas. Had a vegetable bake a few weeks ago and the broccoli tasted like sucking rusty nails, bleurgh. The only remotely fruit or vegetable -like matter I can face is mango chutney, which I have a real thing for.

ErikaMaye Fri 03-Jul-09 19:14:18

Oh GWAD cloud, I'd just managed to suppress my steak urges, and now they're back!!! I want steak!!! And then a friut tart to finish things off... I can't stand friut by itself... Very odd.

Reginamygina Sat 04-Jul-09 12:25:14

I'm glad it's not just me then!

Had some cranberry juice earlier.I was about to tip all down the sink thinking it had gone off, when I spotted both DDs drinking some avidly and saying how yummy it was. Meh.

Flyingcloud, I get the raging hunger too, and if I don't eat asap, I get serious shakes and dizziness. I look like some sort of zombie, not listening to anyone or anything..just muttering "foooooooood!" shock

I must admit, the sickness is starting to subside a bit.

crumpette Sat 04-Jul-09 18:28:35

Hi I'm 13/14 weeks and I have been eating a shocking amount of rubbish and if I don't I get a killer headache and throw up, so it's erm sort of necessary I guess.

The only problem is, today I have had- a bag of crisps for breakfast (from a crummy garage) some fizzy fish sweeties, and now 3, yes, 3 , bagels with a whole tub of cream cheese. I think I will count that as lunch!

I have a particular weakness for very buttery crumpets, choc muffins and any variety of croissant, all of which are consumed in an average day on top of large meals! I had a phase of eating chip shop chips every day.

AAAGH! I am horrifying my colleagues at work who don't yet know I'm pg- 'eating again!??' etc

The thought of salad, or fruit, or anything healthy, I feel sick.

Hmm now where's that last bagel.......hmm

Stormfly Sat 04-Jul-09 21:18:37

There must be something in the white carbs so many sprogs-to-be demand, but I have no idea what. It does feel wrong to be eating just junky white food like crisps but with nausea there isn't really much else to be done but eat whatever helps. The closest I get to veg at the moment is a vegetable cup-a-soup and that's only because all the vegetable bits helpfully float to the surface so I can skim them off with a spoon, bin them and drink the yummy mix of modified starch and salt that's left hmm. Not much else I can do though so I only feel guilty when I read articles listing healthy foods for pregnancy (so I don't read them anymore!)

Reginamygina Sun 05-Jul-09 09:43:33

grin@ floating veggies!

I have made a compromise with myself and bought some 50/50 bread yesterday. It still looks white. Had pizza and cheesecake for lunch, and barbecued lamb and chips for dinner.

God this is getting real bad, isn't it? (felt really sick only round about 6pm, better than whole day, there is hope!).

Dizzyclarebear Sun 05-Jul-09 21:37:03

FYI I'm reading this eating a curly wurly...

itsalwaysthequietones Mon 06-Jul-09 15:50:27

I'm usually pretty healthy but since being pregnant (now 7+1 weeks) have developed an unhealthy obsession with sweets, crisps, chocolates etc - all manner of junk basically. I really fancy burgers and chips at pretty much every meal and look wistfully at macdonalds each day. And there's an unhelpful tin of choc digestives sitting downstairs, which I keep visiting during 'breaks' from work

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