Our expert says:
Congratulations on your pregnancy. I do not think that you are gaining too much weight. So far you have only picked up 5 kg in 4 months, which works out to 300g per week which is certainly not excessive. From what you mention about your food intake, your diet does not really sound well balanced for a pregnancy where you and the baby require lots of protective nutrients and plenty of calcium for health teeth and bones. If possible I would recommend that you consult a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area), because you need to increase your calcium (this could be responsible for the ice cream craving), iron, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and phytonutrients (by eating up to at least 5 servings of fruit and/or vegetables). The dietitian may also recommend that you start eating foods with a low glycaemic index (GI) to stop you from feeling hungry all the time. Low-GI foods keep your blood sugar levels stable for longer and prevent cravings. Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The right approach' and read the articles on the GI.
Wishing you a good pregnancy
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