For people who know me, you know I am really about keeping myself healthy & trying my best to eat well, maintain a healthy weight, etc. Pregnancy really throws a wrench into all of these plans. I am still exercising regularly and still trying to eat healthily, but am very unhappy with the way I am gaining weight this pregnancy. Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m on track to gain around what I gained w/ Audrey (45lbs) and I don’t want to gain that much. There is the possibility that because I started at a lower, healthier weight that 45lbs is simply what I need to gain for a healthy pregnancy, but I have my doubts about that. If I’m meant to gain 45lbs, then so be it, but I’d rather be sure I’m gaining necessary weight.
I gained 7 lbs (SEVEN POUNDS) in the five weeks since my last appointment. The midwife wasn’t too upset with my total weight gain so far, but did say that I can’t keep gaining 7 lbs every month or so (like I didn’t know that). She attributed it to the fact that I really upped my protein intake this past month, and said that next month I’d probably only gain a lb or two…no pressure, right?
In order to hopefully bring the weight gain down, I’m making some changes. Currently, I’m walking/running 3 miles a day but I’m planning on upping that to 5. Ideally, I’ll do 3 miles in the morning (like I have been) and then another 2 miles after Audrey is in bed. When I was pregnant with Audrey, I did 4 miles a day, so I’m not worried that I can’t handle 5 miles this time around. We will see how it goes.
I’m also putting myself on the diet reserved for those with gestational diabetes. I didn’t have GD with Audrey and hopefully don’t this time around (we’ll find out next appt!), but I’ve heard from many people that it really helped stall the unnecessary weight gain. It’s almost what I’ve been following anyway (but with added, healthy snacks) but it means I really have to cut out all sweets…and I’m okay with that. My self control is not what it usually is when I’m not pregnant, so having strict guidelines will hopefully help me!
Lastly, I also invested in a new scale. Our expensive Homedics one is so fickle and gives very different readings within about 2 minutes of the last reading. It’s not consistent at all. It’s been moved cross-country and kicked around a lot in the bathroom, so maybe it’s just time for a new one. I’ve invested in the EatSmart Precision Digital Scale, so hopefully this will help track my weight a little more accurately.