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maintaining healthy pregnancy weight

I'm 8 weeks pregnant with our first and have been monitoring my weight each week, since I found out we were pregnant. I've lost a couple pounds and it's been a struggle to maintain my normal pre-preg weight.  I do eat 3 square meals a day - I've been struggling with nausea, so snacking during the day becomes quite difficult for me.  Has anyone else encountered this type of problem?  And if so, what did they do? I'm trying to not get too nervous about just a couple of pounds, but I do want to be as healthy as possible for our child.  Does anyone know any great high calorie nutritious vegan recipes that I might find? Or share their pregnancy story with me? I haven't gone through this forum to see what else might be on it, but plan to, so I'm not trying to re-invent anything. Thank you.

Losing a few pounds of weight during the first trimester is very common.  I lost 3 at first and then started to gain regularly and ended up with a very healthy 30 pound weight gain for the entire pregnancy.  If you are concerned, ask you doctor/midwife about it...but my guess is he/she will tell you not to worry at this stage.


Oh, and I made a ton of date shakes during my pregnancy. They are extremely high calorie and have a lot of minerals like calcium, potassium, iron + protein. Of course it is important to get lots of veggies in too - but this added a bunch of calories in an easy to swallow package.

I don't have a real recipe because I always just threw things together, amounts are very approximate and you'll probably need to vary them to work in your blender (I have a vitamix): 1 c fortified milk of choice (soy, almond, rice...whatever), 1 banana, 4-5 soft lrg dates, 2 tbsp blackstrap molasses (for the minerals), 1-2 tbsp peanut butter or other nut butter, 2 tbsp cocoa powder (optional), 1/3 of  a vanilla bean pod (this makes it divine, but you can also use some vanilla extract), and a handful of ice cubes. Blend and serve.

Unless there is something really wrong, I think eating during pregnancy is the same as any other time: eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full. Your brain/body will compensate for the extra calories you need (which if I remember correctly are only 300 extra per day, you need more when breastfeeding) without you having to think about it.


I agree with hopfrog on everything.  Don't stress about it too much...stress is probably worse for the baby than minor weight loss.  Just focus on eating nutritious food, and talk to your doctor if you're worried.


Yep - I lost 5 in the first 4 months - then gained a total of 32lbs.  I was back to pre-pregnancy weight in 2 weeks.


My mom was sick the entire time she was pregnant with both my sister and I - she never gained a pound with either pregnancy - and I came out 8lbs 5oz, my sister was 7lbs something....

I'm 26 weeks pregnant now and didn't start gaining weight until 16 weeks - and I didn't have any morning sickness, never threw up once and ate like a pig.  So it's normal.  I'm only up 10lbs now and I really think a lot of that is water weight - I'm so puffy in weird places....


I lost between 15 and 18 lbs the first trimeter with each of my three.  Major nausea issues.  WHen tthat second hits i put that weight back on easily and then gained another 15 to 20 as recommended.  Unless your ob is worried, just take it in stride, eat what you can when you can.  With my first nothing stayed down except sushi.  Seriously, raw fish sushi.  And he came out 10 lbs 9 oz and 23 inches!

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