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    Default Gained 7 kilos en first trimester.. help!

    Despite throwing up constantly and feeling nauseas I somehow managed to pack up the kilos.
    I was a tiny bit overweight before falling pregnant but now I've gained 7 kilos and I'm only 4 months pregnant.

    I am hungry ALL THE TIME.
    I'll have lunch, finish it and then I want to eat some more.

    Every hour I want to eat and when I am eating I can't stop!
    I need help managing this because its getting out of control.

    Here's a normal day (and this is embarrassing to write..)
    6:30am - toast with margarine and Vive (its a low cal "up & go")
    Between 8am and 12pm - about 3 cups of tea with 1/4 of full cream and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Sometimes I have a cookie (just one small sized cookie, we get free cookies at work which obviously doesn't help)

    1pm - BIG Humungous salad - chicken breast - apple - another cup of tea

    3pm - 6pm - 2 cups of tea and a cookie.. or two...

    7:30pm Salad with chicken nuggets or takeaway food if my partner and I are tired (which is usually the case).

    After 8pm I will have a snack.. crackers, cookies, chocolate.. something!

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    Any ideas on very low-cal snack foods that are filling that I could take to work?
    Can i have Equal with my teas at work?

    I am hungry every 2 hours, I've tried cutting back on teas and snacks but it doesn't work because the minute lunch or dinner come around I am ravenous and eat even more than I should.

    I really need some help - if anyone wants to give me any suggestions or tell me which foods I could switch and replace, etc - that would be very helpful.

    I walk close to 2 hours on weekends and days when I am not working. I used to walk 2 hrs every day but my new job is very demanding - I show up early and don't get home til after 6pm so it becomes impossible to incorporate exercise during the week.
    I don't know what type of exercise I could do from home that is safe?

    I really need to get a hang of my weight, I don't want to lose weight but I need to learn to manage it in a healthy way because its getting out of control.

    Thanks for reading.

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    I wouldn't stress out too much - I know easier said than done!
    My first pregnancy I ate 24/7 and only junk & takeaway foods and by 20weeks had put on 10kilos!! Then my appitite changed and only put on an extra 5 remaining pregnancy!

    This is my third pregnancy now and I have exercised and eaten healthy but am still going to hit the 15kg mark again! Lol
    I think our bodies take what it needs from us for bubs regardless and unfortunately there really isn't much you can do about it - but if you are eating healthy and drinking lots of water and exercise ai wouldn't worry to much :-)

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    Hi, I used to find that if I ate toast for breakfast I would be hungry all day. Now I have either oats with berries or muesli with yogurt. I try to have a piece of fruit mid morning before I get too hungry. Do you like tuna? I used to hate it but can now tolerate a can and find that it's really filling. A tub if yogurt in the afternoon is also good. Otherwise, don't stress too much!!! I'm sure it will be fine.

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    Yogurt, with berries are good.

    I made up some tuna vegie patties and if im peckish will have one of those. A piece of fruit will help ease a sweet tooth.

    Unsalted nuts...

    Or i have an up n go for afternoon snack if my breakfast is something different.

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    Instead of snacking with tea and cookies I would try snacks like

    Carrot, celery, cucumber sticks with dip or hommus

    Fruit

    Small tub of yoghurt

    Rice cakes with cream cheese

    Small tin of tuna

    Handful of nuts

    I would also have something more satisfying for breakfast like putting eggs on the toast or porridge - something that's gonna fill you up

    Also remember to drinks LOTS of water - sometimes our mind will tell us we are hungry when in fact it is thirst, caffeine can dehydrate more and although not a lot in tea it could be contributing. Id also try cutting back to one sugar instead of two.

    Everytime you feel ravenous I would have a big glass of water and then decide how hungry you are after that

    I found in both my pregnancys I ate 5-6 smaller meals rather than 3 big ones

    Don't stress too much, I found the later stages of pregnancy I couldn't eat much!

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    Things I snack on (also starving every 2 hours):

    - small serve of muesli
    - nuts/trail mix
    - fruit
    - corn thins/vitawheats with avocado, nut butter, promite, etc
    - a peanut butter and banana sandwich - I often have half in the morning, half in the afternoon, very filling
    - small serve of porridge
    - homemade muffin

    Have you tried having less sugar in your tea? I think equal is horrendous stuff personally, and it's really really not good for our bodies. Perhaps try just 1 sugar in your tea, try it for a week and you might find you get used to it.

    Maybe put something like a handful of quinoa/brown rice in your lunch, it will keep you fuller for longer.

    And lastly just try not to stress! Everyone's body reacts differently to pregnancy, some people put on weight, some don't. I am generally a crazy healthy eater and in my first trimester (I'm 25 weeks now) I lived on greasy Thai noodles, potato chips, hash browns etc. HUGELY different to my normal diet, plus I stopped walking to and from work every day. I expected to pack it on (and should've) but I've only put on a few kgs to date. A good friend of mine had no MS, felt great, ate super healthy and kept up loads of exercise and somehow put on around 10 kgs by the time she was 16 weeks. 7kgs really isn't a lot of weight!

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    Definitely second having a glass of water everytime you feel hungry!! If 20 mins later you still want to eat your arm off, then have a snack. The extra water will only serve you well anyway.

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    Have you tried switching to 2% milk, its really tasty and a bit better for you then full cream , I'd also have the lighter versions of all the other dairy products like cheese and yoghurt too. I recommend lowering the amount of sugar in your tea, its only a little bit, but it can add up quite fast

    Hopefully your tea is decaf otherwise you're going over the caffeine limit (by a fair bit if you have strong tea, brewing your tea for around a minute halves the caffeine content if you usually brew it for 2 minutes or more), there is also caffeine in some food like chocolate, so its good to lower the amount of tea you have on days you also have caffeinated food. I'd switch out half of those cups of tea for juice or water anyway (juice for the vit c , water to re hydrate). Low cal ribena is also a great alternative and has lots of vit c and other goodies
    As pp suggested make sure you are having a good hearty breakkie.

    For the take away food, have you thought of stocking up on some frozen meals? Some are really yummy (and taste better from the oven rather then the microwave, although pasta ones are the exception ), they are really easy to prepare and their serving size is smaller (which you could add some fresh home made salad to if you are still hungry after eating one). I usually have some of these on hand because I work night shift and sometimes hubby wants a night off cooking, and they are way better then me grabbing a pie or something

    The odd treat like a cookie won't hurt (when I have treats I try to have them on days when I am more active, and save the healthier things for slower resting up days). I've also been craving salty food like chips, so I buy the 20 packs of smiths chips and have them one at a time rather then buying the bigger bags that I will just eat in one sitting. The smaller packets have about 100 calories in them and that's not too bad to satisfy a craving

    Good luck with it all , I find making small changes helps more in the long run then just going all out in diet mode (then relapsing later and eating a load of really unhealthy stuff all at once ).
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    i found when working in an office environment drinking endless cups of tea is like part of the culture.

    i changed cups if tea for cups of warm water - half boiled water, half cold with a squeeze of lemon juice if it got boring. that way you're still sipping your drink like tea but its much better for you and you can have as many as you like.

    try and eat a better breakfast, something more filling. take a healthy snack for morning or afternoon tea so you aren't resorting to the office biscuit supply.

    pre-plan your dinner. it wont take you long to steam veggies or grill some chicken or other meat even if you are tired.

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    Big hugs It's really hard to manage this at the best of times, let alone when your pregnant and hormonal too!

    Just a couple if ideas from me (these are changes i've made to my own diet):

    Rather than toast for breakfast, i soak about a cupful of oats in water the night before (soaking them helps your body access the good enzymes in the centre of the actual oat), then cook them up on the stove with some light soy milk and brown sugar. They only take about 5 minutes to cook when they've been soaked too. Another alternative to soaking them is to put the cupful of oats through the blender to break them up. Pop them into a bowl, a little brown sugar, a dash of cinnamon and your preferred milk, then cook in the microwave for about 70secs. My kids love this for breakfast too, and i find i'm not hungry until lunchtime....we eat breakfast anywhere between 6 and 7.30 then lunch at 11.30-12pm. Oats are low GI, so you get longer lasting, good energy from them. And they aren't processed, so the goodness in them is all good and natural, better for your body. As for what i have to drink with breakfast, it's usually a glass of water, sometimes a hot chocolate (boiling water made up like a coffee, with a dash of light soy milk).

    For lunch i will have two sandwiches, ham (freshly shaved!) cheese and tomato, or cheese and vegemite, toasted. Or, my guilty, dirty lunch is 2 packets of 2 minute noodles with tomato and onion tuna stirred through when they're cooked. Another quick lunch is cup of soup with some nice crusty bread. I struggle with lunch due to morning sickness, and these lunches are what i crave, so i just go with it daily.

    Dinners are always home prepared meals, we very, very rarely eat out. I do a bulk meat shop, and divide it all up into meal sized portions for DP, our boys and i. I also make sure we've got lots of fresh fruit and vegies available all the time. If you are pushed for time and end up with take away, try the healthy options, most fast food places have a healthy option now.

    Good, easy snacks for work:
    Carrot and celery sticks with cream cheese or hummus
    Fresh fruit
    Yoghurt (i sometimes have a banana with mine, and dip the banana in my yoghurt, yummy!)
    Crackers (like clix or jats) and cheese
    Rice crackers
    Biscuits....i make a batch of biscuits once a week. Homemade have no preservatives or nasty fillers in them, and taste so much better.
    Muffins....same as above, but they don't last a week, generally twice a week if i can manage it.
    Water, lots of water (i'd try to replace a few cups of tea with a big glass of water...or keep a bottle of water with you if you can. Not only will it keep you hydrated better than tea, but it's better for your body too!)
    Keep caffeinated drinks to 1 or 2 daily if possible. Or switch to decaf. That much caffeine in your diet isn't doing your body any good.
    Try to switch from full cream milk to a lower fat option, you probably won't even notice a difference taste wise, but it's a pretty big difference to your body!

    I know making things at home can be time consuming, and if you're time poor as it is it's hard to get the motivation to do it, but really when you've done it a couple of times it kind of just slips into your routine and you start to get pretty fast at it.

    You wrote that after 8pm you have a snack before bed, just be careful what you eat so close to bed time. Our bodies need around 4 hours to digest our food properly before we lay down for the night. Try to have a healthier option most nights, fruit or jelly with ice cream, or even just a nice hot chocolate. If you go to bed too soon after eating your sleep will be sluggish and it's not good for your metabolism or digestive system.

    Exercise can be tricky to fit in if you're working long hours. Are you able to leave your workplace during your lunch break? If you are, you could eat your lunch then go for a little walk? After work, walking is a great way of getting fitter too. If you get into the habit of doing it now, when bubs is born you can pop them in the pram and continue the routine. Great fresh air for the both of you, and staying fit too. When it comes to exercise and pregnancy the general rule is to not do anything you're too uncomfortable to do. Don't let your heartrate go over 140bpm, no sit ups or pushups, no lunges and minimal squats. Yoga is a great way to maintain flexibility and fitness, it also helps with breathing, maybe look into what's around you locally? I joined the gym a few months before falling pregnant this time, and have changed my program so that i can still do workouts while Pregnant, i just don't go as hard. I feel great after a good workout!

    Sorry, this ended up being an epic post! I hope ou find something helpful from it though, and good luck


 

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