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How much do you eat whilst pregnant?


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#1 HollyGoLightley

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 04:37 AM

Do you restrict in any way? High restriction? I’m having a hard time eating enough, I think.

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 09:14 AM

I don’t restrict, but I’m not “eating for two,” either. I get pretty bad stomach pains when I eat too much, especially as the baby gets bigger. I know you’re supposed to eat a little more in the third trimester and I am having some trouble with that, because she’s is kinda squishing my stomach (along with all my other organs), but as long as the doctors keep saying the baby looks good, I’m not too worried. I’ll probably end up high restricting after she’s born but for right now I’m just trying to eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m satisfied. Those ate-too-much pains are noooo joke.

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Posted 16 April 2021 - 07:32 PM

So true. I’m really scared because I keep cycling between restriction and binge-purging (b/p maybe once a month) and I’m 17 weeks pregnant and I’m afraid that I’m hurting my baby. It’s hell and no matter how hard I try I can’t eat normally

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Posted 17 April 2021 - 08:15 AM

So true. I’m really scared because I keep cycling between restriction and binge-purging (b/p maybe once a month) and I’m 17 weeks pregnant and I’m afraid that I’m hurting my baby. It’s hell and no matter how hard I try I can’t eat normally


Im sorry you’re dealing with that in your pregnancy, that must be frightening and stressful for you. I would suggest therapy if you aren’t already in it - my OB recommended it when I told her I had an ED and I’m really glad for it, because I don’t know that I would have made it this far without falling into ED behaviors without my weekly therapy call. (I really hope that doesn’t come off as judgmental because that’s not at all how I mean it!) I know it’s not this easy, otherwise we’d all just turn off our EDs when we were tired of them, but try to keep in mind you can always lose weight after the baby comes.

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Posted 17 April 2021 - 06:12 PM

It is hard to get out of the habit of restricting/BPing, but with time and constant reassurance that this is "only temperary" it does help. I struggled at first as well (currently 37 weeks), just have to remember to eat healthy and take vitamins. Personally I do not count calories, because when I did in the beginning it was too triggering. I now mainly do OMAD (not the best choice while pregnant) but it worked for me to keep gaining and having a healthy baby. I just make sure to take my prenatal meds, and extra iron for anemia. I also snack some days in between but convince myself it is still "OMAD" just to keep from freaking out. It is a process but try and figure out what works best for your mental state, along with keeping your baby healthy even if it is not societies recommended statistics.

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Posted 18 April 2021 - 09:41 PM

Im sorry you’re dealing with that in your pregnancy, that must be frightening and stressful for you. I would suggest therapy if you aren’t already in it - my OB recommended it when I told her I had an ED and I’m really glad for it, because I don’t know that I would have made it this far without falling into ED behaviors without my weekly therapy call. (I really hope that doesn’t come off as judgmental because that’s not at all how I mean it!) I know it’s not this easy, otherwise we’d all just turn off our EDs when we were tired of them, but try to keep in mind you can always lose weight after the baby comes.


Oh you don’t sounds judgemental at all, thank you for the advice! It’s true that I can always go back to losing after the baby arrives.. it’s just so hard to introduce normal eating after thinking and behaving and feeling another way for so long, you know? But I will reach out to a therapist. Thanks

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Posted 18 April 2021 - 09:43 PM

It is hard to get out of the habit of restricting/BPing, but with time and constant reassurance that this is "only temperary" it does help. I struggled at first as well (currently 37 weeks), just have to remember to eat healthy and take vitamins. Personally I do not count calories, because when I did in the beginning it was too triggering. I now mainly do OMAD (not the best choice while pregnant) but it worked for me to keep gaining and having a healthy baby. I just make sure to take my prenatal meds, and extra iron for anemia. I also snack some days in between but convince myself it is still "OMAD" just to keep from freaking out. It is a process but try and figure out what works best for your mental state, along with keeping your baby healthy even if it is not societies recommended statistics.

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Thanks for sharing your experience! I think it’s such an accomplishment for people who suffer with EDs to actually eat when pregnant, it’s a whole other kind of strength. I hope you and your baby are healthy:)

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Posted 19 April 2021 - 06:00 AM

Oh you don’t sounds judgemental at all, thank you for the advice! It’s true that I can always go back to losing after the baby arrives.. it’s just so hard to introduce normal eating after thinking and behaving and feeling another way for so long, you know? But I will reach out to a therapist. Thanks


It’s definitely hard to refocus eating habits when you’ve been disordered for so long! I think I got lucky because I had just started hardcore restricting again when I got pregnant - if it had happened after I’d been in a restriction phase for a long time, my experience for sure would have been different. Regardless, my gut feeling is that you can definitely do this. The fact that you’re focused on the effect it may have on your baby says so much.

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 08:31 PM

I stop all ED behaviors while pregnant and just try and be "normal" and eat healthy. Having my children be healthy is very important to me because no matter my issues if I were to ever harm them because of that I would hate myself. 

 

The fear of traumatizing or harming my children in anyway is a big thing for my anxiety so it kind of overpowers the ED. 

 

With my first I immediately went back to restriction after he was born and effectively lost my milk supply, so with this baby (9 days old) I am making sure to eat a decent amount of calories and staying super hydrated so as to not lose my milk.  Breastfeeding burns calories so I'm hoping if i just add in exercise instead of restricting I will get similarly desired results. 


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Posted 02 May 2021 - 04:39 PM

I stop all ED behaviors while pregnant and just try and be "normal" and eat healthy. Having my children be healthy is very important to me because no matter my issues if I were to ever harm them because of that I would hate myself.

The fear of traumatizing or harming my children in anyway is a big thing for my anxiety so it kind of overpowers the ED.

With my first I immediately went back to restriction after he was born and effectively lost my milk supply, so with this baby (9 days old) I am making sure to eat a decent amount of calories and staying super hydrated so as to not lose my milk. Breastfeeding burns calories so I'm hoping if i just add in exercise instead of restricting I will get similarly desired results.


Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I didn’t know about the breastfeeding bit.. that’s good for me to keep in mind

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Posted 13 May 2021 - 09:43 AM

I am currently 28 weeks pregnant, and up until about a week ago I was doing okay eating "Normally" (or what I would think is normal, after years of restricting/binging cycles, I don't have great hunger cues). The past couple weeks I was really over doing the food, to the point where my ribs and back would hurt from being so physically full. The past couple weeks I have been struggling with temptations to restrict my calories and up my exercise (long walks). 

 

I have been walking 1-2 hours a day, and honestly it has really helps with my digestion and that "full" feeling

 

But I admit that I have fallen into restriction the past week or so. Nothing crazy, I would still call it "high" restriction, but I am trying my best to not take it too far. I have gained a healthy amount of weight so far (around 20 lbs), but just seeing that number on the scale is mortifying, even though I know it shouldn't be!!

 

Im going to try to up my calories a bit each day until I get back to "maintenance", I am afraid of hurting my baby if I continue doing this.

 

I never in my life thought my ED would be such a big struggle in pregnancy!

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Posted 11 July 2021 - 04:18 PM

I'm just coming out of the first trimester nausea so for the last few weeks I've been just eating what I can. Sometimes that's a box of Triscuits for the day and nothing else, sometimes it's eating "normally".

With my daughter, it was pretty much the same, then the second tri I was back to eating normally, and the third I was barely able to eat at all because there's no room in the abdomen when it's all taken up by a baby🤪 I actually ended up losing weight in my 3rd tri because I could only eat like three bites before being uncomfortable full.

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Posted 31 July 2021 - 02:22 PM

I'm currently high restricting. I don't want to. I want to be able to eat normally, even let go a little and indulge myself, but right now, I'm eating between 1400 and 1600 calories per day, which is under my tdee as I'm quite active. I can tell I'm not eating enough as my urges to binge are getting stronger and stronger. I'm 17 weeks and have put on 1.5kg so far. I keep thinking if I carry on restricting until 20 weeks then I can relax a little, but if I carry on for another 3 weeks, I know that I'm just going to get more sucked into my disorder...


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