Feeling curious

Question: Do you think Doctors set us up for failure by telling us to eat more calories during a pregnancy, when all we need is extra nutrition, enough for ourselves and the baby?

In my opinion I feel as if we should not have to gain alot of unneccessary weight, because it's already hard to lose weight as it is. When I first started going to appointments, they told me I could not continue the Herbalife nutrition program that I was on because I should not be dieting while I'm pregnant, but Herbalife is a nutrition program, and not a diet. I listened to them to prove a point, and got off the program for 4 of the weeks before my next doctors appointment, and my blood pressure went from a 118/72 to a 138/102, and my blood sugar level went from being below normal range, to being high. After, my doctor's saw these numbers for themselves they immediately told me to go back to doing what I was doing before my last appointment and that's what I did. I started out at 207lbs, and at 35 weeks and 2 days, I am 218lbs, and the baby is completely healthy, and the baby weighs almost 5lbs. I feel like if I listened to the doctor and got off my program I would of gained a whole bunch of weight, and I would of probably ended up diabetic due to all the sugar and calories I was taking in during those 4 weeks that I stopped my program.

What do you moms think?

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    Yeah I completely agree with you on the eating healthy part, but a majority of women listen to the doctor when they say "you need to increase your calorie intake", instead of saying you simply need to be getting good nutrition for you and your baby, and when they also tell us "you'll be gaining between 25-35lbs during a pregnancy". It's like if a doctor tells us that, then we assume that it is okay but when we are pregnant we are already at a high risk for diabetes as well as other health problems. When my doctor told me that I was shocked and I told myself its no way that I am going to gain that type of weight, when first I had just lost weight, and second I am a health coach, and knew that I had a way to get the nutrition I needed, without having to consume more food.
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    I have alot of mothers as clients and they all told me that they mentioned the calories but left out the good nutrition part and that's why they thought it was okay to just eat everything that they craved.
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    06/04/14
    haha those sandwhiches are something else though lol
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    I feel you, but they should clarify it a little better, because as a 23 year old, I have alot of friends who just had a baby and they have gained 50-80lbs, and they said they were told by there doctor to eat more, as well as to go ahead and eat everything they crave, which we all know that when you crave something, a majority of it is not the most healthy thing in the world.
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    06/04/14
    Lol yeah the fast food is very convient and if I didn't continue my program I would of definately been in every drivethru in town, becaue the 4 weeks that I stopped the program I went to half off appetizers at Applebees like 3 times a week, just because.
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    06/04/14
    What are you doing to get rid of the weight you gained? And yes stress plays a huge part in weight gain. Thats why I try to stay around positive people who are uplifting.
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    I'll be bike riding a lot, going on walks...I'll bring my daughter along in her new bike trailer and her stroller for the walks. Eating healthier foods than the snacks we've been munching, and cut out the soda, though that's going to give me awful headaches again for a while without all that caffeine, lol. I cut out the soda for pregnancy, and for like a month I had killer headaches! But I know soda's a huge factor in weight gain. In short, a lot more exercise, cutting out the big unhealthy meals for smaller meals and snacks like apples or something throughout the day...no more soda, just water and the occasional milk and fruit juice.
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    The bike rides sound super fun and you get to bring your daughter along too. And yeah cutting out soda is hard for a while but I found out that I enjoyed ice cold water way more. After a while I just didn't like the way pop made my throat feel but I admit it does taste good. And yes soda, coffee, and fruit juices are a huge factor in weight gain because for females you can only have 50g of sugar a day, before everything else you eat and drink for the day stores away as fat. Even if you simply drink only water for a whole month, youll find that youll lose a few pounds a week just from cutting out the extra sugar and extra calories from the drinks. Also, losing weight is 80% nutrition and only 20% exercise. If you focus more on what you eat, you wont have to workout as hard to lose the weight :). Small frequent meals and water will get you your results fast.
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    Herbalife is the world's #! nutrition company. I got introduced to it 10 months ago and in my first month I lost 26lbs so I immediately became a health coach to share my results and the amazing products with the world. After I got my results I got pregnant and instead of gaining all the weight back I chose to use it as a source to get good nutrition for me and baby Peyton. And you don't have to always do the program. I chose to continue it because before the program I didn't eat healthy and I use to literally eat once a day, so the program, has really helped me becaue now I eat 5 small meals a day, versus just one huge unhealthy meal.
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    About Becky Walker
    Current: Cleveland, Ohio
    Birth: January 10
    On Moms.com since: Jun 4, 2014
    My name is Rebecca Walker, I am 23 years old, and I am a Herbalife health coach. I am 35 weeks pregnant and I have been preparing myself for this new journey to motherhood, as well as building my business so I am financially stable when the baby gets here. :)