Help Fatten Me Up! (Pregnancy Update #3)

(That’s me, today, in all my glory… I see a bump! Do you???)

Today was another regular check-up with the OB for me. Nothing unusual; just normal stuff. I did have some bloodwork done to check for any possible sign of any antigens or infection that could be lurking; this is because of my history with preterm labor. We have no reason to suspect a problem, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!

You would think that hearing your baby’s heartbeat would become less amazing each visit, but it’s not. It’s such a welcome sound, each and every time. This little boy or girl sounded great, with a rate in the 140′s. As is typical with my babies, the doctor had to chase this one around to catch the heartbeat.

I have been utterly delighted to feel fetal movement already this time! It’s been earlier in each subsequent pregnancy for me (I was past 20 weeks with my first!) and it’s such a joy. Just a little “tap-tap-tap” at this point, but a beautiful reassuring feeling.

My blood pressure was on the higher side– 125 over 78. Not anything to get all worked up about, but higher than usual for me. It’s been that way this whole pregnancy, but I have no idea why. My doctor says I should try to avoid unnecessary stress, seek quiet time, and avoid going overboard on the sodium (though I’m not on any true “salt restriction”).

So everything looks great, right? Well, I think so! But, at approaching 16 weeks along, I’ve gained (drumroll, please…)…. nothing. Nada. Zilch. I have not managed to put on even half a pound. I told you all I was worried about this- I’ve worked hard to gain weight. I even made them re-weigh me because I was SURE I had gained at least a little. Nope. And they weigh me on the same scale every time. And I ate a big breakfast. Man. Again, this doesn’t sound like a problem. Far more women are told they’re gaining too fast than that they’re not gaining enough. But I’m in that second group. And so I was grilled about what I eat in a typical day– each and every meal. Apparently, I should have put on at least five pounds by now.

So here’s the verdict…

I have to eat at least 2500 calories a day (!). And if I want to keep walking on the treadmill? (And I do!) Then that number jumps to 3000. My word, that’s a lot of calories! I have no fat, cholesterol, or sugar restrictions (I’m all good on those fronts), but I do want to be a little careful with my sodium intake. And, obviously, I want the majority of those calories to come from nutrient-rich foods (though I’m not opposed to treats!). My doctor wants to see me gain at least a pound a week, preferably a little more so I can “catch up”. I don’t start out itty-bity or anything, but I’m still supposed to gain 25-35 pounds…

Any suggestions? Can you help me come up with a sample meal plan that gets me to 3000 calories? I’m having a tough time… and, trust me, I eat!

What would YOU eat if someone told you to pack 3000 calories into your day? Let me know, please!

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