When my wife became pregnant for the first time, she was somewhat overweight and had concerns about gaining too much weight and losing it after the baby was born. After a lifetime of eating however she liked, she decided this would not be OK now that she was pregnant. She took on a very positive attitude and began eating as she understood “healthy” eating to be.
Getting in the four food groups was the beginning as well as getting in proper hydration. She would be given prenatal vitamins that she would take religiously and she would watch her portions being careful not to eat to much even though it was healthy choices.
Each time she would go for her doctors visit, she would either be the same weight and soon would start weighing in a few pounds lighter each time. At some point she would gain a pound then two and by the time the baby was due she had only gained 9 pounds, and according to the doctor, the baby was perfectly healthy.
When she gave birth to our son, she found that she had actually ended up 10 pounds less than when she got pregnant. The baby weighed in at 6lbs and 11ozs, 21″ long and was perfect as could be. My wife could not have been happier or felt healthier than she did during her pregnancy, it was not a chore or burden to eat healthy for the baby and herself but a welcome change.
It’s not that she never ate some of the things that she loved she just limited them to a special occasion and at times would enjoy satisfying that craving she had for pizza with mushrooms. The funny thing is, she hated mushrooms before she got pregnant.
It’s funny how they portray pregnant women craving pickles and ice cream and such things and I for one will testify that it’s true. Sometimes it would be that pizza and to make it less fattening she would put two slices of toppings on top of one crust. She loved to sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top as well as red pepper flakes, she would need a knife and fork to eat it.
If you think about it you’re getting your dairy, starch, protein and depending on your pizza, your vegetables so is pizza really bad for you or is it a meal in a slice satisfying your food group needs? One thing I learned, when feeding a pregnant woman pizza, keep your fingers out of the way until she has gotten her slice of pie!