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Asked by LinnyBuck

Q: When To Eat?

This is going to sound a bit nuts, but hear me out. My first pregnancy I ate (mostly) healthy food whenever I was hungry and ended up borderline for gestational diabetes and with severe preeclampsia. I just found out that I'm pregnant again, and I'm terrified up ending up there again. So, even though I'm pretty much always hungry (I'm guessing hormones, I'm only about 4 weeks in), when should I eat? I'm a healthy weight, eat mostly meat and veggies with some fruits, and only drink water and milk. So I wouldn't think I'd put on that much... but last pregnancy I gained about 70 pounds (mostly water weight, but damn!). Do I still eat whenever I'm hungry and focus on the healthy foods, or should I stick to a schedule and eat three meals with snacks? Thank you in advance for being gentle to the pregnant girl wondering if she should eat :-p

This question was asked Apr. 28, 2017 1:59pm
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Answered by Divyalal - Oct. 15, 2017 2:26am
Healthy eating during pregnancy is critical to your baby's growth and development. In order to get the nutrients you need, you must eat from a variety of food groups, including fruits and vegetables, breads and grains, protein sources and dairy products. Typically, you will need to consume an extra 300 calories a day.The type of diet we encourage during pregnancy refers to fine-tuning your eating habits to ensure you are receiving adequate nutrition for the health of you and your baby. Healthy eating during pregnancy is critical to your baby’s growth and development. In order to get the nutrients you need, you must eat from a variety of food groups, including fruits and vegetables, breads and grains, protein sources and dairy products.

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Answered by g4408380 - Sep. 9, 2017 6:09am
Hi dear. I am happy that you took the right path of asking the question to a public forum. I hope you will get the answer there. I will try to give the answer as good as possible and I can tell you these because I am the mother of two children. There are a lot of food you can eat and a lot you can not. The foods you can eat are Dairy products. During pregnancy, you need to consume extra protein and calcium to meet the needs of the growing fetus, Legumes, Sweet potatoes, Salmon, Eggs, Broccoli and dark, leafy greens, Lean meat, fish liver oil, etc. Foods You Shouldn't Eat While Pregnant. Raw Meat: Uncooked seafood and rare or undercooked beef or poultry should be avoided because of the risk of contamination with coli form bacteria, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella. You can also take food enrich with iron as much as possible to increase hemoglobin level. I hope my comment will help you. Be safe and stay blessed.

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Answered by Mammoth - May. 2, 2017 10:12am
I have been following the idea of 3 mini-meals and 3 snacks throughout the day. I always use a very small plate or bowl for the mini-meals. I carry water, 2 pieces of fruit and something like a granola bar with me everywhere I go so I don't get horrifically hungry. Even though your stomach doesn't get compressed until later on, this has worked well with me. I feel I have been providing baby and myself with more constant energy. I had a normal BMI and at 37 weeks have gained around 28 pounds, so within the suggested amount. Typical day: 8am breakfast, 11am snack, 1pm mini lunch, 3:30pm snack, 6:30 mini-dinner, 9pm snack.

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Answered by NamelessAria - Apr. 29, 2017 6:48pm
My doctor suggested just doing frequent, small, healthy snacks. Like maybe some yogurt, a little bowl of cottage cheese, a banana (or apple, or pear, or whatever fruit you like), some fresh veggies like some baby carrots, etc. Just some small snack to get something in your stomach and help you not feel so hungry but without a lot of calories. And honestly doing that worked great for me, in general. I will admit that sometimes between cravings and aversions the only thing I could make myself eat was something really unhealthy like a bowl of ice cream or some chocolate cake. I asked my doctor about it and she said it was fine to have some treats occasionally as long as I tried to eat healthy when I could.

So I'd say just eat when you're hungry and *try* to limit yourself to some small, healthy snacks.

If you're really worried about it you may could find a nutritionist that works with pregnant ladies and see what s/he suggests.

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Answered by jmvd208 - Apr. 28, 2017 5:42pm
I think it's always important to eat when you truly feel hungry and meals with healthy snacks in between is the best way to keep your blood sugar consistent so you don't go into huge ups and downs. If you still feel like you might be eating too much, I would say just drink a glass or water before you eat, a lot of times we're more thirsty than anything!

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