When you are pregnant boy do you hear different opinions from different people about what to eat and how much of it to put into your body. A big study seemed to end the debate last year when it was revealed a pregnant woman should one consume 100-300 more calories a day. That equals one extra bowl of oatmeal or two extra bananas. It doesn’t seem like much extra, but Doctors say it’s enough. I actually think I’m probably
consuming more than 100-300 calories extra a day, but for some reason I’m still hearing from a lot of people that I’m not eating enough and that I shouldn’t worry about what I eat. My husband actually had a talk with me yesterday to tell me he was concerned I wasn’t putting enough food into my body. I must admit I did think that if you are pregnant you wanted to eat everything in sight. Well this hasn’t hit me! I normally love eating. I’m a foodie and a Chef so of course I love food. Pregnancy though has actually put a damper on the whole eating thing though. It hasn’t been more appealing, but rather less. The first trimester I was eternally nauseous. I never once threw up, but I always had that blah feeling in my stomach. You know the feeling you have after you eat a huge greasy meal, only this is how I felt on an empty stomach. Because of this I’d find myself half way thru a small sandwich and fully engorged. Between my first and second Doctor’s visits (7 weeks and 11 weeks) I didn’t even gain any weight. After that visit everyone said the nausea would end with the end of my first Trimester and they were pretty much right. I stopped feeling nauseous around 13-14 weeks in. Feeling better, stomach wise, didn’t mean that I became a bottomless pit though. I just haven’t had much of an appetite. I know this is unusual for pregnant women, so I attribute it to stress. I’ve been under a lot of pressure as my show, Green Goddess, gets ready to launch on NYC-TV. It’s just been tons of work, on top of my anchor job at NY1. I’ve had very late nights, working on the show, where I’ve been up until 2 or 3am. I am used to 8 hours of sleep a night and should be getting even more now that I’m pregnant, but that just hasn’t been possible. What can I say? It’s not like I can force myself to sleep or eat. When my husband talked to me last night about eating more he made it seem easy, but I just can’t force food down. I’ve also had TMJ a lot so that has made eating even more difficult. I saw my dentist yesterday and he suggested a nightguard for this, but I think that will hurt my sleep even more so I’m holding off and dealing with it for now. Anyway my husband told me to eat a big bagel this morning so I’m halfway thru that, but it’s always easier to eat breakfast. For some reason it gets harder to eat later in the day. Anyway everything above taken into account I still think I’m doing okay and one very important person agrees. On my last OB visit at 16 weeks my Doctor said I did indeed gain 5 pounds, which was a pound a week. She said that was right on so I left feeling good. So maybe Doctor does know best?