A Pregnancy Diet???
I am upset, as a matter a fact I am fuming right now. Today I went to the dietician, on the recommendation of my gynecologist. He was concerned about me gaining too much weight during my pregnancy. (So far, at 32 weeks, I have gained 12 kilos or 26 pounds.)
Most pregnant women in Italy will tell you that their gynecologists recommend they gain 10 kilos, 22 pounds throughout their pregnancy, regardless of body size, height and bone structure. (I am 170 cm or 5’7”.) This is a major difference from what pregnant women are told in America. If you are of an average weight when you begin your pregnancy, then gaining 25-35 pounds is the norm.
I told her that I had a mild case of gestational diabetes and with a home monitor; I have my blood sugar under excellent control. Sparing you the details of the visit today I will summarized the highlights:
She recommended: (and I WAS comfortable with)
-less fried foods
-no dried fruits
-no white bread or pasta, whole wheat only
-no cured meats, salami, proscuitto etc…
-no extra sugar, I should use aspartame instead of real sugar
-only 2 servings of fruit a day
What I was NOT comfortable with was the following:
-no milk or yogurt whatsoever, but soy and rice milk were okay and then she recommend a calcium pill in lieu of the milk.
-no nuts, I know nuts have good oils in them
-no oil or butter at all
I understand that controlling my blood sugar is a necessity and that is not a problem for me. What was a problem was that fact she insinuated I was obese.
When the visit began, she looked at my wrists and held them in her hands. She then told me I had very delicate bone structure and for my height, I should weight between 58-60 kilos, 127 and 132 pounds. (I have to mention that in the 8th grade, I weighed 118 pounds and as a senior in high school, I weighed 135 pounds. I was a skinny and lanky.) About my delicate bone structure, I neglected to tell her that a favorite past time of mine as a kid was jumping off the roof of my house with an umbrella or large plastic garbage bag as a parachute.
The worst thing of all was that she asked me to come back in 4 weeks and by that time; I should have lost 5 kilos or 10 pounds. I left the office shocked.
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