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November 18th, 2009, 09:46 PM
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So I had my OB app't on Monday and I have already gained just under 30lbs (about 28) since I got pregnant. And I still have 4 months until she's born! My Dr. didn't seem *too* concerned, but said I need to go for more walks and cut back on my carb intake. I rarely ever eat fast food or sweets, but I know my main issue is carbs. I love, love, love pasta, bread (especially the worst - bagels), and rice.

Funny thing is, I honestly don't look as if I've gained this much weight. Nobody I know IRL believes me when I tell them I've gained this much. They think at most I've gained 10lbs. I don't see it either, but I guess because I'm so tall (5'11"), I'm just able to hide it better?

I don't know what to do. I need ideas on what to eat for lunch and dinner and everything I've looked up online by reducing carbs says to just replace it with more veggies and meat. Veggies won't fill me up and as much as I like meat, I just can't eat all that much of it, and then I'll still be hungry.

Now I'm worried that I'm going to develop gestational diabetes or something. I have to do my glucose test at about 28ish weeks, so in about 5 weeks or so...and I'm really worried.

Can any of you recommend any good food ideas that cut back on the carbs, but still taste good and are easy to make?

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November 19th, 2009, 09:26 AM
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Yeah I agree it is probabaly just that you take in excess carbs. I am fat and by 25 weeks with Roald I had gained 16 pounds. However with Vera's entire pregnancy I only gained a little over 15 pounds and the main thing I ate the least of was carbs.

I can't think of anything else to tell you besides what you already guessed...eating more meat and vegetables as your meals. However, there are many dishes that incorporate meat and a smaller amount of pasta or rice. So...you could still have them, just in moderation.

If you poke around there really are alot of different ways to prepare meat, even though there are only a certain number of meats. Getting a meat cookbook may help. Cookbooks are expensive so honestly all of mine (except a few) are vintage. I buy them at second hand stores and on ebay for really low prices. If you let me know which meats and vegetables you do enjoy (just not as much as pasta, I know! lol) I can look through my books and try to find some ideas for you.
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November 19th, 2009, 11:43 AM
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Are you eating any salads with meat for lunch? I've always thought that they're not filling but even the small one is pretty good. Here at the salad bar you could pick any veggies and then add grilled chicken, smoked turkey, tuna, etc. Also I know that in the third trimester the weight gain seems to slow down.
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November 19th, 2009, 12:52 PM
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Now who better to ask than those of us who are diabetic / have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes?

This pregnancy, I have officially gained (thus far) 24 lbs. However, most of that weight was put on before I was diagnosed with GD because I, too, was eating LOTS of bagels, pasta, cereal as well as fruits, veggies, meats...

Since being on the "carb controlled diet" beginning October 1st (and, alas, injecting myself with two types of insulin), I have gained 3 lbs. And most of the weight is either baby or water retention becuase my bras went down a notch and my maternity jeans (believe it or not) got looser in the butt (LOL).

Breakfast is 30g of carbs, snack is 15g, lunch is 45g, snack is 15g, dinner is 45g, and snack is 15g. Each meal and snack has a protein added to it. Veggies, they told me, are a 'free food'. Fruit must be counted as a carb serving. Am I hungry? Rarely. At this point, I crave the forbidden more than I am actually hungry for food because I am eating 6 times a day. String cheese during snack times have helped me tremendously as did Sugar Free Jell-O.

I'm not a nutritionist nor am I a healthcare professional, but I am sharing w/ you my GD 'diet' experiences from last pregnancy and this pregnancy and it's REALLY helped my weight gain get under control

Good luck Steph! And I agree --- judging by the pics you post, I would HARDLY guess that you have gained that amount of weight already; you look terrific!!
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