Friday, June 19, 2009

A Weighty Issue

I don't get too riled up about my exact weight normally. I'm 5'10" and obese to begin with so +/-5lbs isn't really anything to me. As long as my jeans still fit, I'm happy. Though I'm happier when my jeans get loose and I get to buy a smaller size.

I get on my wii every couple weeks to take an official weight, but normally I just step on the cheapo spring scale every morning and see that I'm in range.

Also, I don't know if anyone else has paid attention or not, but new weight gain guidelines for obese women were put out a couple of weeks ago.

And they say I should gain no more than 20lbs. (And I've heard it's preferable to not gain anything when you're obese as long as the baby is fine.)

But even if I'm just trying to keep it under 20, that means I really can't gain any weight in the first trimester.

But I think I have.

And before where 5lbs never really bothered me, I feel like I need to watch every lb (which is driving me crazy since water retention alone can fluctuate so much).

I've noticed that I've consistently been on the higher end of my 'range' lately and actually exceeded it this morning. And I feel fatter too.

I've been trying to be good, but I seem to feel somewhat hungrier lately. Also, I noticed I was having a lot of cravings for dairy products which lead me to investigate my calcium intake and I realized I was low, so I've added a glass of milk and eat a string cheese for a snack now (I'm even keeping a spreadsheet to make sure I keep up on calcium).

So I did increase my calories a little, but I was eating to loose weight before and now I just want to maintain, so I don't see what the problem is.

And call me crazy, but if you are pregnant and feel hungry, a sensible snack doesn't seem like it should be a problem. If I cut my calories back so that I'm not eating as much, I think I'm going to be left hungry a lot... and being a vegetarian, it's already harder to fit my needs into a lower calorie diet.

It was soooo nice of what ever organization it was to tell my fat ass to not gain any weight, but I wish someone would have told me how to accomplish this!

I'm going to see if I can get any nutritional counseling services when I meet with my OB, but I'm worried that my fat ass will have already gained 5 lbs by then.

And ironically, I don't actually have a fat ass, I don't have much of an ass at all, I do have a giant belly and love handles that I can thank PCOS for. I am soooo textbook PCOS.


White Picket Fences said...

From one PCOS girl to another ...I think you're probably doing just fine. I went through a total calcium crave at 12-13 weeks and felt like I was eating my weight in dairy on a daily basis. Then it leveled off. I really did a crappy job of watching my diet through the pregnancy. I tried to limit to 30 gms of carbs per meal - but I still had treats and ice cream on occ. After my shower, I think I ate petit fours for a week. And I did good weight-wise. The MFM wanted me to not gain more than 10 ..and I thought he was crazy. I'm okay with 13. Honestly? I think our metabolism is helped sooo much by pregnancy because the PCOS is quiet. What are you doing for protein??

Michelle said...

Gotta love those "guideline" charts. They are evil.

Celia said...

I would not worry too much. You eat a mostly healthy diet and it is crazy to expect you to grow a whole person and not gain any weight.

Being hungry and maybe having your blood sugar drop is not good either.

Anonymous said...

I know exactly what you mean! I'm all worried about not gaining too much weight because I am already overweight. Thanks to the nausea, I actually lost a few pounds and first, and now I think I'm up 2-3 pounds overall.

I asked the intake nurse about it and she said it would be fine to gain 25-30lbs, but my OB himself said to aim for 15-20 lbs. I am definitely starting to feel hungrier now, and it does seem wrong to be pregnant and hungry and deny yourself a healthy snack.

It sounds like you already eat very healthy, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. I've had a hard time getting enough protein in, since most protein sounds atrocious to me lately. I have been eating a lot of string cheese, yogurt and milk, but what I crave is carbs. Crackers. Potatoes. Ugh.

So much for being able to eat for two. I should probably check and see if insurance will cover a nutritionist consult for a diet to help prevent gestational diabetes.

Anonymous said...

I have the same problem in the ass area, dh says that mine is small but my stomach area is HUGE...oh thank heaven for pcos :) It's great when the only pants you can find fit in your waist but not in all the other places.