Karen, Whatever you do, do NOT go on any type of weight loss diet. I am overweight and just found out I am pregnant. I have done MUCH research on this topic and it is ALL BAD NEWS for the baby! Dieting can cause growth retardation, low birth weight, and so many nasty problems for the baby. Do not get hung up on weight now. It is too late. You are pregnant now and what matters most is the health of your baby! I found a wonderful pregnancy diet that I am posting here. Follow this diet. Your baby needs good nutrious foods. Just cut back on junk foods. They are not healthy and do not benefit you or the baby. What Is A Good, Nutritious, Balanced Diet?
Every day of the week, you and your baby must have:
One quart (4 cups) of milk. Any kind will do: whole milk, low fat, skim, powdered, or b___termilk. If you do not like milk, you can subst_tute one cup of yogurt for each cup of milk.
One or two servings of fish, shellfish, chicken or turkey, lean beef, veal, lamb, pork, liver or kidney.
Alternative combinations include:
Rice with beans, cheese, sesame, milk
Cornmeal with beans, cheese, tofu, milk.
Beans with rice, bulgur, cornmeal, wheat noodles sesame seeds, milk.
Peanuts with: sunflower seeds, milk.
Whole wheat bread or noodles with: beans, cheese, peanut b___ter, milk, tofu.
For each serving of meat, you can subst_tute these quant_ties of cheese:
Brick 4 oz. Longhorn 3 oz.
Camembert 6 oz. Muenster 4 oz.
Cheddar 3 oz. Monterey Jack 4 oz.
Cottage 6 oz. Swiss 3 oz.
One or two servings of fresh, green, leafy vegetables: mustard, beet, collard, dandelion or turnip greens, spinach, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Swiss chard.
Five servings of whole grain breads, rolls, cereals or pancakes: wheatena, 100% bran flakes, granola, shredded wheat, wheat germ, oatmeal, buckwheat or whole wheat pancakes, corn bread, corn tortillas, corn or bran or whole wheat muffins, waffles, brown rice.
Two choices from: a whole potato (any style), large green pepper, grapefruit, lemon, lime, papaya, tomato (one piece of fruit, or one large gla__s of juice).
Three pats of b___ter.
Also include in your diet, in addition to the above (i.e., don't count one food in two categories):
A yellow- or orange-colored vegetable or fruit five times a week.
Liver once a week, if you like it.
Table salt: SALT YOUR FOOD TO TASTE
Water: Drink to thirst.
It is not healthy for you and your unborn baby to go even 24 hours without good food!