This is our first cycle trying to conceive. I acknowledge that I have a tendency to plan and over-research things, but it makes me feel calm and relaxed knowing that I am prepared for big things in my life. That said-
I'm wondering if anyone else has done any nutrition planning for their pregnancy (either before or during), and what your experiences and/or goals have been?
I've been looking at the Brewer's/ Bradley diet plans, which encourage protein, salt and extra calorie consumption. I am already a pretty healthy eater, but plan to add in to my diet: drinking milk, twice weekly fish (low- mercury), increase in protein (more meat, as I rarely eat it now), and more dark, leafy greens.
GOLD / wonderful olive / 19030 posts
I have definetely changed my habits however from experience you never know what you will have aversions too or serious carvings for. I had a diet of 5 items the first 4 months because those were the only things i could keep down.
GOLD / squash / 13464 posts
Yeah it's really hard to say you are going to stick to a certain diet plan while pregnant. I had really bad morning sickness and even when I wasn't sick I had no appetite. I'm now 20 weeks and just barely starting to feel like I can eat normally again. When I talked to my doctor about my concerns that I wasn't eating enough and not gaining weight (still down from pre pregnancy weight at this point) she told me to just eat when I can and to make sure I focused on lean protein and fruits and veggies. It's tough because carbs are most appealing to my upset tummy.
eggplant / 11824 posts
I think nutrition planning for pregnancy is a great idea, but as pp said, things don't always go as planned. Like you, I already ate a pretty healthy diet - lots of fresh fish, greens, very, very rarely ate processed foods, etc. but found that I couldn't stomach fish or salads for months. The first 20 weeks or so I lived on plain carbs, milkshakes and chicken mcnuggets, which I *never* ate before pregnancy. If you have bad morning sickness, you just have to eat whatever you can keep down.
The only other thing I would be watchful for is adding salt to your diet, especially later on in pregnancy - might cause/aggravate swelling issues.
Other than that - if you feel good, I think eating as healthy as you can is a great idea!
GOLD / pomegranate / 3688 posts
My midwifery practice has a pretty strict diet requirement (below), which I am trying my best to follow. However, I had some nausea and am pretty thin to begin with, so they told me that I could eat whatever I felt like (within reason) during the first trimester if I was having a hard time with certain foods. I have definitely been giving into my carb cravings and am not looking forward to hitting 12 weeks and having to crack down. :o)
Diet is basically - each day, consume 6-8 servings of fruit/vegetables, inlcuding 1 yellow one, 1 orange one, and 2 leafy greens; 2-4 servings of dairy, 2-4 servings of lean protein (nuts and beans count); 1-2 T. of ground flax seed; and 3-4 servings of whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, wheat berries, etc. - no processed grains). Cut out all sugar.
pomegranate / 3383 posts
I agree with pp that it is hard to stick with a nutritional plan during pregnancy because you can't predict or control your food aversions.
Pre-pregnancy I ate tons of protein and veggies and I was wheat and gluten-free. I was nauseous (but not sick) during my first tri and one of the few things I could tolerate eating was bread...so I went back to eating wheat.
It's great to have a plan in place but it may be hard to stick to!
apricot / 348 posts
I've definitely worked on my diet based on recommendations from the book "Garden of Fertility" which the midwife that I just started seeing had me read. It's actually reverse of a lot of things I was told to do by my OB, so I'm hoping that it works since I've been SOL up to now!
Here's my plan:
-Lots of protein - chicken, beef, almonds, hummus, peanut butter, etc
-Lots of fruits and veggies - spinach/kale + banana + peaches/blueberries/raspberries smoothie every morning
-Dark leafy greens - in addition to the smoothie, I try to eat a salad with dark leafy lettuce, kale, swiss chard, and/or spinach every day
-LOTS of water - more than 50% of my weight in ounces daily
-One Coke/cup of coffee per week (cut down caffeine is technically what I'm supposed to be doing, I instituted that limit on myself)
-Continue one glass of wine any evening that I want it - to help with my overanalyzing and stressing, plus the other benefits of wine such as better heart health
-No (or very little) white flour or sugar
-Folic acid supplement daily
-Walk daily and get enough rest (hard to do but I'm trying)
While I have no idea if this diet will be sustainable in the first trimester when I am nauseous (which I learned with my last mc), I at least know it will supply my body with good nutrition for the baby to take from me in those important first months of development.
wonderful clementine / 24134 posts
I made a spreadsheet to track
- Calories from fat
- Calculated the % of calories from fat to be less than 30%
- sodium (less than 2400)
- 25 g fiber
- 75 g of protein
and then I counted fruits, veggies, whole grains, water
blogger / pear / 1964 posts
@septca: Wow. Hardcore, but awesome. I could do it all except the no sugar part, though I did go cold turkey on sugar until we actually got pregnant.It's a lot easier to maintain a diet while TTC than it is during the first trimester. Now that I'm in the second trimester, it's much easier to go back to my healthier eating habits (most of the time) which look a lot like your practice's list.
GOLD / pomegranate / 3688 posts
@Mrs. Tricycle: Yeah. I was scared at first, even though I eat a really healthy diet normally. :o) I have been eating *some* dessert (like once a week), and still have sugar in my coffee (I can't give it up!), but that's it on the sugar.
apple seed / 1 posts
I use BabyBumpMeals.com. I'm not much of a planner so it helps me and gives me a shopping list with the stuff to buy.
blogger / eggplant / 11551 posts
I took Bradley classes to prepare for my non-medicated birth, so they had us log our protein intake... requiring us to eat more than 80 grams of protein a day to make sure our placenta and sac was strong enough! I drank a lot of milk (and even protein shakes), and ate a lot of eggs while pregnant!