Posted: Mar 17, 2013 11:00 PM
 
Although many women don't gain any weight in their first trimester of pregnancy, it can be concerning to lose weight during those first few months. Help fight first trimester weight loss with these (hopefully) helpful tips.

The first trimester is when most of the weird pregnancy symptoms pop up. Sore boobs, weird smells, dry eyes, and splotchy skin are inconvenient at worst. But what about nausea and vomiting? If feeling sick is leading you to lose weight, find out what other moms and their doctors suggest.

Coordinate with your doctor

First of all, talk to your doctor about your weight loss if she hasn't already noted it at a routine pregnancy check up. Don't be embarrassed to bring up any of your pregnancy concerns or unusual symptoms. Obstetricians and midwives have heard it all. When you're losing weight, it's important to make sure that you don't need nutritional supplements or anti-nausea medication. Your doctor needs to monitor your health to make sure everything is going smoothly, even if you're only dropping a few pounds during this rough time.

Eat whatever you can

When you want to put on a few pounds, or prevent losing any more, you get your calories where you can. Alexa Stevenson, who documented her daughter's premature birth in Half Baked, only gained 5 pounds during her entire pregnancy. To try to gain weight, she tried milkshakes with protein-rich Haagen-Dazs ice cream and "extra whatever I could tolerate," Stevenson says. Until your eating habits and nausea even out, don't stress out trying to eat a well-balanced diet. While you should never eat foods that aren't safe for pregnant women, everything else is fair game. That means you can try those French fries for breakfast or that chocolate ice cream for dinner.

Try smoothies and milkshakes

My OB recommended a smoothie with protein powder, ice cream, a banana, a handful of spinach and a spoonful of peanut butter.

If solid food is unappealing, give smoothies and milkshakes a try. Sip on them as much as you can manage. Play with recipes until something is at least vaguely appealing. To help her get nutrients and calories in, Marianne Canada's doctor advised her to try liquid meals if she could keep them down. "My OB recommended a smoothie with protein powder, ice cream, a banana, a handful of spinach and a spoonful of peanut butter," says Canada. "She said that would be easy to digest and give me enough fat, protein and nutrients to see me through the day."

Don't obsess about the number

Let your doctor or midwife guide you when it comes to weight gain or loss during pregnancy. If you were overweight before you got pregnant, your doctor may adjust your recommended weight gain. If you've maintained the same weight or lost a few pounds, you may quickly catch up once you're feeling better. Few women like to obsess over weight, even when pregnant. Try not to let it become a huge source of stress if your doctor isn't worried.

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