the podling will help with that after you're out of the woods of the first trimester. Also, I don't know if you have any particular dietary restrictions, but basically, I've read that if you use stuff made for dieters as a supplement instead of a replacement, you'll gain weight and get the benefit of the vitamins/protein/fiber they pack in there (i.e. eat what you normally would, but add a SlimFast shake as an extra snack). That's about an extra 150-250 calories depending on what it is -- assuming that you are already at your optimum caloric intake from healthy foods yadda yadda.
when I was little and underweight, my parents would make me shakes with peanut butter, banana, a raw egg, and a little bit of chocolate powder. I didn't die of salmonella, but I probably wouldn't recommend for a pregnant lady to drink raw egg :)
do you keep an on-paper food journal? also, have you given thought to what sort of medical care you want/don't want?
2007-01-30 05:56 am (UTC)
Re: does that mean that we promote now?
What do you recommend for promotion?
I've been trying the diet drinks--I like the chocolatey ones. For liquid-intake purposes, do you know if they count as beverage or food?
My parents used to make me drink shakes (sans the raw eggs) for similar reasons. If I weren't such a lazy bum I'd keep up the habit. :P
I tried keeping a food journal back when I was really having issues with the laziness, but it was too depressing.
I'm pretty ok with medical care... I just hate needles. :P Yourself?
as far as promotion, maybe just promoting to people in other pregnant comms? I really have very little experience in the area.
my guess would be that the shake counts as food because of the caloric intake. i personally wouldn't count a shake towards my liquid for the day because I tend not to drink enough water as it is, though. and, for the record, the bars are pretty tasty - I used to eat them for breakfast when I had a morning job.
maybe this would be a good time to restart the food journal? if you opt for medical care, you will almost certainly see a nutritionist, and, considering your below average weight, I can hazard a guess that they will make you do it anyway to make sure that you are hitting your caloric needs. I'll be honest, though, the hormones make it really hard to eat right and eat regularly in the first few months.
My nutritionist bitched me out for not getting enough calcium because I had a dairy aversion. I was taking supplements because I recognized the problem, but she just didn't GET that the thought of milk made me gag. What's the point of eating it if I'm just going to lose it along with everything else I've eaten? The irony is that now I want a lot of dairy, even stuff I usually hate, like sour cream.
I really hate doctors, I hate standardized women's health practices (after a really traumatic abortion, being in stirrups makes my heart palpitate), but I am surprisingly okay with needles. that being said, I am under the care of a hospital's ambulatory ob/gyn clinic because I am sadly too poor to afford real insurance and cushy midwife/birthing center healthcare. I'm on a medicaid-based plan, so the care is free, which is nice, but the only reason that I submit to it is that it makes my husband feel better. I plan to birth at home, attended by my husband if all goes well. If something goes awry, I am already registered with the hospital, so it's a built-in backup plan.
I think of it this way - I come from a demographic group with an astronomical fertility rate (Latina, 18-24). My body is wired for babymaking, MD overseer or not. I trust that my body can get it right without me having to wait an hour for someone to press on my belly and tell me everything's normal every four weeks, and I think that if women can give birth in rice paddies and taxicabs, I can do it in my bathtub.
Anyway, if you have good insurance, I totally recommend midwife care, even if it is not in-home. ob/gyn clinics are ridiculous.
Sorry for the late reply. Got distracted.
I suck at promotion, but I don't think the community will be very fun for long if it's just the two of us. I mean, you're great, and I like to believe that I'm great, but it'll be better with more of us. So... yeah we can work on that. Of course I'm not in any pregnancy communities right now other than this one :P so maybe I can get authorized to make a post in AltParent or something like that.
Food has actually become amazingly not a problem. I'm bloody hungry all the time. :P Thanks though.
I've been looking into midwifery (and just got a book on different options,) and it is sounding better and better.
I think you'll do just fine at home--sounds like you've got it pretty well worked out. ^_^