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Time for another pregnancy conversation and this one is big… DIET. What to eat during pregnancy.
~~ Noel Moriarty – Admin of Bariatric Eating Support Group on Facebook
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We have all heard the ‘Oh, you’re eating for two now!’ comment. Ummm no, that is false and probably the thing that gets many people in trouble.
- The fact is, that during the first trimester you don’t need ANY extra calories. None. Zero. Not one extra.
When you get to mid 2nd trimester and then your 3rd trimester you only need 300 extra calories per day. Since we all use post operative food tracking, we know that isn’t a lot of food.
In addition to how much, what we choose to eat is also super important! Baby needs protein and nutrient dense foods, not pickles and ice cream. I know how hard it is to always make the best choices when pregnant because sometimes our bodies want something and nothing else will do.
With the serious surgical modifications we have made to our bodies, we have to be mindful. We can’t run to Dunkin and grab a Boston Kreme. However, you can modify a protein shake or make a flavored baked custard – creating a mix of flavors using sugar free syrups to try and satisfy the taste you want.
- During pregnancy we need to take in about 100 grams of protein and cap our carbs to a maximum of 60 to 80 grams per day.
This is where it gets tough for us post ops, as some OB’s will tell you that you need whole grains for babies brain development. While I have my own degree in Nutrition, I met with a Registered Dietitian and we researched this directive while consulting with my obstetrician. The ‘eat whole grains’ phrase is an attempt to increase Omega 3 DHA levels. However most use this as justification for a nine month long bagel and bread binge.
Instead, experts recommend 200 mg of Omega-3 DHA daily for pregnant and breastfeeding women, so talk with your doctor about taking a high quality Omega-3 DHA supplement along with your vitamins. My OB wants me to continue my taking Journey Bariatric 3+3 Multi’s, because he feels they are better than ANY prenatal on the market and have me covered for Calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Iron and Zinc.
If you can get through the morning sickness while continuing healthy habits you will have a much healthier and happier pregnancy AND you won’t have bad habits to combat once baby is born.