Healthy living pays off

After my last visit checkup, I was really concerned with my weight gain. Granted, I hadn’t been overly careful with my eating, but didn’t realize just how much it was truly affecting me. My weight gain had been fine the first part of the pregnancy, but at my last visit I found out I’d gained too much that month.

The only changes I really made this past two weeks were to limit my sweets and cut back on the carbs. The way I’ve been eating isn’t quite as restrictive as when I first started trying to go low carb, but it’s still been a challenge. The hard thing for me is adhering to specific carb counts for each meal. What I do like is the later meals of the day have enough carbs in them to allow more freedom than I expected.

My next checkup was this morning. When the nurse weighed me, I found that I’d lost 4 pounds in the two weeks since the last visit. Don’t get me wrong – I wasn’t trying to lose weight at all. I was actually hoping for no more than a 2-pound gain (one pound a week). Maintaining would have surprised me – so a loss, especially here in the third trimester, was quite the shock. Since the only changes I made were healthy ones, I’m not worried about it. It does make me curious how my next appointment will go though.

I wasn’t trying to eat a lot of junk food, but I certainly wasn’t being as careful as I should’ve been. Hopefully this time my weight gain will be more manageable. What really amazes me is just how much seemingly little changes can make such a difference.

4 thoughts on “Healthy living pays off

  1. When I was expecting my second baby, I had gestational diabetes from the very beginning of the pregnancy. They put me on a diabetic meal plan, and as the pregnancy progressed, they kept having to up my calories to make sure I gained instead of losing. By the end I was eating 2,600 calories a day and still losing weight; I only gained 17 pounds the entire pregnancy.

    All that to say . . . when you’re eating well, your body and the baby use those nutrients to their fullest, and you stay a healthy weight. I sure wish I could have 2,600 calories a day now! 🙂

  2. Tammy, that would be so hard! The aversions were horrible for me at the beginning, but eventually they went away. I’m thankful – I was getting bored with bland foods. You were probably REALLY glad to go back to other foods once your little one arrived!

  3. That’s great! It’s good that you’re able to eat lower carb. Carbs are all I could eat most of my pregnancy! I don’t know what I would have done if I had had problems with gestational diabetes! I couldn’t eat meat, eggs, peanut butter, etc.

    Keep up the good work! 🙂

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