We had our 20 week appointment for little Miss Caroline this afternoon & I was a big fan of today’s midwife. She was a “give it to you straight” kind of lady, and I appreciated that so much, especially since I was looking for honest advice/answers this appointment. I have been worried about/frustrated with my weight gain. I’ve gained 15lbs so far, and that puts me right on track to gain as much as I did with Audrey (if you go by the “gain 1/3rd of your weight during the first 20 weeks and 2/3 after” motto) and I did not want to gain that much this time around. I know that I won’t necessarily gain another 30 lbs, and I’d really like to avoid it if I could. I did lose all of the baby weight with Audrey before getting pregnant with Caroline, but I don’t want to have to lose that much again this time around!
I explained to the midwife that I feel like I’m making healthy decisions this time and I’ve been exercising almost every day, so I’m not sure what I can do differently. Luckily for me, this also happened to be the appointment that my 3-day diet tracking chart was due, so we were able to look at that together and try to come up with some solutions. Basically, I fail at getting protein and that’s something I really need to work on. She thinks that by increasing my protein intake, it may help with the weight gain simply because of how protein is processed in the body and how filling it is. My problem is too much fruit/veggie intake, not enough meat/nuts/beans intake. What’s funny is that I got the impression that she wants me to eat more, which is interesting given the fact that I already feel like I’m packing on pounds, so how is that possible if she wants me to eat more?! Anyway, I’m glad to have had this chat with her & will be actively looking for ways to increase my protein intake for the rest of the pregnancy (and hoping that she’s right about the weight thing!). She also said that sometimes exercising makes the numbers on the scale higher because you build muscle mass. Of course I know that, but since I’ve been a regular exerciser since before pregnancy, I don’t really know how true that theory is for me right now.
My blood pressure was a little “up” at 110/76…if that is my elevated BP, then I guess I have nothing to worry about since that’s still completely normal. She attributed both that & Caroline’s 148 bpm heart-rate to the crazy heat we’ve been having today (105 when we walked into the office, not counting humidity!).
Anyway, give me ideas on protein intake! I plan on trying to eat more chicken/turkey/meat in general at dinner, but I think I’m also going to start eating mozzarella cheese sticks as a snack. I usually do eat peanut butter w/ apples during the week as a snack, and I’m really into hummus (which I haven’t had lately). I’m also good with egg intake….anything else!?!