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Your Diet During Pregnancy

pregnant woman eating a chocolate bar

When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I think I was most excited for my feeding frenzy. I’d be able to eat whatever I wanted without worrying about getting fat. Or rather, when I did get fat, I’d have a pretty good excuse for it.

I dreamed of nights filled with mint chocolate chip ice cream, days of chips and dip, dinners of thick juicy steaks and lots and lots of mashed potatoes. I’d start out eating for three, just in case I had twins in there. And once I found out for sure I didn’t, maybe I’d cut down just a wee bit.

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Well, that sure didn’t last long.

I had no idea the whole world would be watching every morsel that went into my mouth! As soon as my pregnancy became public, that very private issue of weight became the biggest topic of conversation.

“How much weight have you gained?”

“Ten pounds? Wow. That’s not enough.”

“Eleven pounds? That’s way too much!”

“I only gained 21 pounds in my whole pregnancy,” one mother may say.

“I gained 56 pounds, and three years later, I’m still 40 pounds overweight,” another would chime in. “Be careful. Your husband will never look at you again.”

That kind of chatter didn’t bother me too much because I would always respond, truthfully, that my doctor said my weight was right where it should be. I might still get a raised eyebrow or two, but generally it stopped them in their tracks.

But what really bothered me more were the comments and looks I’d get any time I was eating in public. My husband knew better than to say a word about anything, but girlfriends, coworkers, family members, and even total strangers always seemed to have something to say about what I was putting in my mouth.

For instance, when I was in my third trimester, I met my cousin at a diner for breakfast. She had three perfect children and was the expert on everything from breastfeeding to diapering (though I have to admit, her Huggies® recommendation was good advice). When the waitress came around with the coffee pot, my cousin put her hand over MY cup.

I have always been a caffeine addict and my cousin knew it. I had cut way, way back during my pregnancy but still had an occasional cup of Joe. I decided not to make a scene, but boy was I fuming!

I went home and started looking around on CafeMom for advice on what to do about people like my cousin. I watched this video that gave some real advice on Must-Eat Foods During Pregnancy (as opposed to what NOT to eat!). And then I came across a link that you have to check out: Huggies® Register Your Wish. This gives you a chance to have a wish come true that you can’t necessarily put on your registery. Well, you know where MY mind went!

Anyway, I tried to avoid people like my cousin, but that’s pretty impossible. They’re everywhere! It got to the point that I couldn’t wait for the day I’d give birth to a happy, healthy baby just so I could stop worrying about what the busybodies thought of my diet!

And my baby was born happy and healthy and of a perfectly acceptable size and shape. I thought I could start eating my heart out. But no one warned me that breastfeeding brought a whole new set of busybodies to the mix!

What was the most unwelcomed diet advice you got while pregnant? 

 

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