As many moms-to-be know the old saying “she’s eating for two” is definitely not necessary and in fact can do more harm than good.
Growing a baby means changing our nutritional needs but, consuming enough calories for our self and an active teenage boy is only going to cause excess weight gain. This in turn can cause a number of complications during pregnancy and labour.
In fact, a recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that too much weight gain can increase our chances of gestational diabetes, high blood and pre-term birth.
Although I like to think I will be able to walk down the Victoria Secret runaway five week after the birth of my baby, just like Heidi Klum, I don’t know how realistic that is. Mostly because I probably should have started my modeling career before becoming a mom. I’m also not sure how many 30-something, post-pregnancy women, Victoria Secret hires, but based on the ads I’ve seen the odds are not in my favour.
Even though my modeling career might not happen, I’m still very conscious of gaining weight and probably like you, want to make sure I’m doing it at a healthy and steady rate. The truth is, because I have been so nauseated I have yet to experience the enduring desire to eat everything within reach.
However, what I have experienced is what my sister has termed “Bhangry” a.k.a “Baby-hangry” due to a need to eat right now. It seems to sneak up on me without warning but all of a sudden it hits and look out!
The good news is it’s cured quite quickly by putting something in my mouth, chewing and swallowing upon the first signs. The key is, “upon the first signs.” If I am unable to eat something right away the symptoms increase in severity about 100 times per second. This is when those around me really run for cover.
So what have I done to beat my “Bhangry” symptoms?
Eat every two hours
I was never one to go long periods of time without eating but now I watch the clock. Eating every three hours can seem excessive but overall, I have not greatly increased the amount of food I eat throughout the day, I have just spread it out. Eating a smaller breakfast, mid-morning piece of fruit, sensible lunch, two small mid-day snacks and smaller dinner has helped decrease my “Bhangry” and my nausea.
Start strong, end light
I have found that because I typically don’t feel as well at night, eating more throughout the day works best for me. Also, when I don’t go to sleep on a full-stomach I sleep better, which means I’m waking up more rested.
Never leave home without a snack
Okay the truth is I have snacks stashed away in my purse, desk drawers, glove box and most of my coat pockets. If I’m out and the “Bhangry” hits I need to be prepared and when I’m not prepared the chances are increased that I will have to eat something I would not normally, out of necessity. Having a snack handy means I’m not going to get stuck in the Starbucks line.
Finally it’s important to note that your calorie needs are dependent on where you are in your pregnancy and you will need to increase your intake as your pregnancy progresses. This is great because it just means experimenting with more healthy snack options and pre-planning.
Have you experienced “Bhangry?” What has helped you to beat your “Bhangry” symptoms? Leave a comment below, I would love to hear about your experiences.
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