Gluten-Free, Pregnancy, and Weight Gain

When I first found out I was pregnant, one of my major concerns (as many women worry) was “How much weight am I going to gain?”  As you know, I lost a bunch of weight when I was diagnosed with Celiac’s and switched my diet to a gluten free one.

One of the blessings of being on a gluten free diet (and needing to be on one!) is that most of the foods I eat, do not pack on the pounds for me.  Even though most of my foods are higher in fat and sugar, my body/metabolism seems to chemically break down these easily.

As of June 12th, I was down from a 170lbs to 127.8lbs.

Now as of September 5th, I’ve found that my appetite has increased.  My husband and I rarely have leftovers unless we make enough TO have leftovers when before, I’d eat half a plate and be done.  Now, I have at least two or three plates worth of food.  I snack daily, take my prenatals, and my Zoloft.

I try to stay away from anything with gluten in it, of course, though there have been a few more slip ups than normal.  It’s just so hard to say no when work brings in tons of food, that I can’t eat, while being pregnant!!  But even with the few slip ups, I weighed in at 134.6lbs today.

At nearly 16 weeks, putting on a total of 7lbs is not bad.  I also feel better knowing that because of my diet, I know I will drop any baby weight that I do gain.  So far, most of my weight has been put on in the belly which is good (vs all over) but also makes me nervous because I feel more like a pot belly pig than a pregnant woman =)

My main diet consists of 3 to 4 cups of fruits and veggies a day, 4 servings of protien, 1 to 2 cups of dairy, 3 to 4 cups of carbs/grains.  For example, my lunch today is:

– Greek salad with feta and greek olives
–  Home made Chili
– A peach
– An Apple
– A string cheese stick
– A gluten free Udi’s blueberry Muffin

Yesterday, I had:
– Home made gluten-free apple crisp
– Home made gluten-free mac and cheese
– 2 bowls of Trix
– A peach
– An apple
– 1 bowl of home made chili (red kidney beans, hamburg, whole tomatoes, green and red peppers)
– potato salad
– Sour patch kids =)

I feel this keeps me pretty full and less likely to get hungry/nauseous during the day!  Have a fantastic Wednesday everyone!

Jamie Webster

About Jamie Webster

Just your average blogger. Married 2 years with two wonderful children who are 6 years apart. Little about me: I’m turning 31 this year (yikes), have had 9 foot surgeries in 8 years and have spent a little over 4 years of my life in and out of a wheel chair (or scooter). And today, I am training for a half marathon. I attribute two major changes in my life to my healing: the power of goal setting and going gluten free.