Eating (Well) for Two
Eating (Well) For Two
A Pregnant Pause on Thinness
One thing to keep in mind is that you'll gain about 25 to 35 pounds during
your pregnancy. That isn't always easy to take, especially as the scale tips
into never-before-seen territory, and you start feeling more and more like a
beached whale. Most women will gain about 2 to 4 pounds during the first
trimester, although some will stay the same or even lose a few pounds until
morning sickness passes. A weekly gain of 1 pound during the second and third
trimesters is common as your baby grows faster.
"Women get really uptight because for so long they've been fighting to
keep their weight in line and now all of a sudden we're telling them to gain
this much weight," says Ward. "But if you don't eat enough and gain
enough weight, you'll have a baby that could be affected for the rest of its
life because you wanted to preserve your figure." Women who don't gain
enough weight in pregnancy are more likely to have small babies, and those
smaller than 5 ½ pounds have a harder time surviving.
The gain can be especially difficult for those who battle anorexia or
bulimia, but often the responsibility of bringing a new life safely into the
world is enough impetus for women to overcome their eating disorders, if only
temporarily. Puls often recommends keeping a daily planner to record what
you've eaten, since eating disorders are often associated with control.
"I was not going to hurt my babies," says one woman, who did not
want her name used because she still battles anorexia. During both her
pregnancies, she managed to eat three meals a day and get the recommended
nutrition. She gained 33 pounds each time, and her babies, both healthy,
weighed 8 pounds. "Those are the only times since I was 18 years old that I
didn't have an eating disorder," she concedes. Still, it was a struggle,
and she obsessed about her weight. "I was really paranoid. But if I was
good ... then on the days I weighed in, I'd go to the bakery after and reward
myself with a smiley cookie."