Food, Weight and My Pregnancy

    cute pregnant lady third trimesterPre-Conception

    A year and a half ago, I weighed 185 lbs and had not yet realized I struggled with insulin resistance or PCOS.  After my nurse practitioner, Laurel Schaberg, gave me a dietary plan to follow and put me on Glumetza (a time-delay-release version of Metformin), I quickly dropped 20 lbs down to 165. By the books, a “normal” or “healthy” weight range for my age, height and frame is 135-155, and I was working on losing those last 10 lbs.  When I found out I was pregnant in August 2010, I weighed about 160 lbs.

    The First Trimester

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    My 1st Trimester Weight (on Wii Fit)

    The first trimester, I gained no weight. I had little appetite. When I was hungry, I ate mostly fresh fruits and other raw foods, and I was grateful for the ridiculously fresh produce we received weekly from our CSA farm share. I started reading Nina’s Plank’s book Real Food For Mother and Baby and took her advice to heart, adding whole-fat foods (especially dairy), continuing to drink raw milk and eat raw milk cheese, and adding as much fish to my diet as I could stand.

    I had a lot of nausea, but quickly learned that it had NOTHING to do with my food intake. When I was nauseous, it was because my body was overwhelmed and needed to rest. I thought this signal was weird, but I got in the habit of napping in response to nausea, and it worked.

    I did notice, however, that the only times I threw up were when I ate foods that were processed, less-natural or less-organic than others. This might not be the case for everyone, but I learned quickly to avoid the supermarket goods when at all possible and stick to raspberries and pastured eggs fresh from our local, organic farm.

    The Second Trimester

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    2nd Trimester Weight

    The nausea passed and my belly started to pop out. What amazed me was I still wasn’t gaining weight! Not much, anyways. It wasn’t till December that my weight rose above 165 lbs.

    I ate more but still stuck to raw, natural and organic foods when I could. Around week 28, I went through a phase where all I could eat was Greasy Cheeseburgers, shakes and fries from a local burger joint, Frisco Freeze. And pancakes…I could stomach pancakes. If I ate too much (or any) fruit, my acid reflux would be unbearable.

    I cut out my multi-vitamin and just stuck to fish oil supplements and Glumetza. I even stopped taking the iron that my midwife recommended, as well as the calcium magnesium citrate supplement; they just aggravated my esophagus too much. I ate little food, because eating was painful. I stuck to tiny, frequent meals and focused on simple foods that would be easy for my stomach to break down: cheese, Ritz crackers, ice cream.

    The Third Trimester

    3rd Trimester Weight, According to Wii Fit

    3rd Trimester Weight

    As I write this I am 37 weeks pregnant, and my current weight is about 187 lbs. And I am happy with the way I look. I’m a little nervous about baby’s weight (to be honest), because I know bigger babies can make for more difficult births; however, I’m not letting myself worry about it.

    I hate it when people tell me I’m mega-huge or say things like, “You must have twins in there!” or “It has to be a boy, because boys are bigger.” Do you know what that honestly sounds like to me? One of the following:

    1. You’re calling me fat. And I know I’m not fat.
    2. You’re not only an idiot about what a pregnant lady should look like, but you have no clue how to be emotionally supportive about a potentially stressful situation.
    3. Who asked you? If I wanted to know how big I looked, I’d ask Mr. Wetzel. If you wouldn’t want non-pregnant me to ask you “Do I look fat in these jeans,” then don’t comment on the size of my baby belly. Unless it is to say I look amazing.
    4. Why should I listen to you? If I was concerned about how large I was getting, I’d ask my midwife for perspective. I pay her to be an expert.
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    Healthy 3rd Trimester Looks Like This!

    I’m not really upset about what people say to me in particular; but it bothers me how tactless people can be with pregnant ladies. My family and friends are encouraging and I have a great support system, but many women don’t. I’m confident about my food choices and weight, but many women aren’t. Pregnant ladies don’t need criticism, they need loving support. (End ranting…for now).

    I have been carrying baby Wetzel rather high, and I believe the extra pressure on my belly has made my acid reflux worse than what other mamas tend to experience. Because of this, I still don’t each much, but I try to snack often. I have no real food aversions or cravings. I’ve been eating a lot of tuna fish, grapes, cottage cheese, apples, cheddar, oranges, eggs and oatmeal, mostly because they are easy snacks and small meals.

    We have 1-5 weeks left to go until the birth. I have little newborn diapers and onesies that we may or may not be able to use on our little squirt, depending on the baby’s timing and birth weight. Hopefully not long, now; and I’ll look forward to losing the pregnancy weight, especially with the help of breastfeeding!

    By ekwetzel


6 Responses to Food, Weight and My Pregnancy

  1. Corrie Tienhaara March 16, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    You look amazing! You have done such a great job of eating for your health and your baby. I don’t think you’re going have a big baby, you are carrying high but you aren’t bigger than normal( whatever that means). Can’t wait to meet the little Wetzel!

  2. JD March 16, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    Like I’ve said before, people see a pregnant woman and all decency goes out the window. When in any other time is it considered reasonable to openly comment about someone’s weight? It’s like they see the belly and don’t connect it to the person they’re talking to. AND on top of that you’re pregnant and have all these extra hormones going through your body so your tendency is to be extra emotional and sensitive. It’s like the worst possible combination.

    Just know you’re not alone in this experience, people can be idiots without realizing it and keep up the awesome work (and good spirits).

    I still chuckle when I look back at my own post about that word, you know… HUGE

  3. Eve March 17, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    You do look beautiful, I love the pregnant body… It’s amazing! This has been my worst pregnancy for food and drink. I was extremely sick for the 1st half. Everything I ate hurt, then came back up. Especially fruit, which I love. I too found the more processed the more my body disliked it. Fast food was a definite no no. I ate mostly rice and potatoes and veggies. Some chicken and fish. Nothing really stayed down for long. Drinking and staying hydrated has also been a challenge. Nothing tasted good, I couldn’t tolerate milk at all, or juice, Gatorade was too sweet, water too yuck. Tea worked somewhat but leaves a funny taste. I finally got used to the splenda taste in Propel flavored waters. I started out at 105, After some initial gain, then lose, the gain again. I only ended up at 112 at 20 weeks. I’m 31 weeks now, I can eat pretty much anything but fast, processed foods make me feel blah. I’m still drinking propel and now juices, as long as the oj is low acid, I still struggle with becoming dehydrated though. . I’ve only gained 6 more lbs but am measuring fine, actually a little over.

    • Hirdesh June 7, 2012 at 6:48 am #

      I have gained about 10 poduns in my 3rd trimester for a total of 32 poduns. I’m due on Sunday. Don’t freak out about gaining a lot, most people I know don’t gain a pound a week . They gain 3 poduns, then nothing, then 2 poduns, etc. Also, to reassure you your baby is probably gaining half the poduns you put on. Baby goes from 2 poduns to 7 9 poduns in 12 weeks. Of course you are hungry. Did you know that during the 1st trimester you needed about 75 extra calories per day, during the 2nd trimester you needed 200 extra calories per day, and during the 3rd trimester you need 400 extra calories per day. Nobody tells us that. They print all this nonsense about how we need to add 350 extra calories per day throughout the pregnancy but don’t ever explain that what you really need to do is eat the most during the 3rd trimester. You are probably looking very beautiful and curvy and all that padding will come off eventually. Try to embrace yourself and be kind to your pregnant self. Give yourself a break. Sounds like you are doing everything right!

      • ekwetzel July 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

        You’re right! M baby is now 15 months old & I weigh less than I did before I got pregnant!

  4. MummyinProvence March 27, 2011 at 5:18 am #

    You look FABULOUS! Seriously! You look great!

    I’m not so sure what is this obsession with weight during pregnancy – as long as you are healthy and so is your baby that should be the focus.

    Don’t worry about a big baby being difficult to deliver – that is not true. BiP was considered HUGE for France at 8.8lbs (ave. weight is 7.5lbs) and my delivery was smooth and in actual fact they say bigger babies are easier to care for as they have bigger tummies …

    On the flip side I have a friends who gained 50lbs when pregnant and had perfectly average size babies ranging from 7-8lbs. SO your size is not a direct indicator of the size of your baby.

    I hate the “are you having twins?” question – its just plain rude. I hated that so much. I even had people gasp that I shouldn’t be walking in the street by myself because I looked like I was going to go in to labour at any minute … urgghh? I was 7.5m preg – by D day I was ENORMOUS!

    So exciting … Not long to go!!

    (sorry for the essay!)