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Protein in pregnancy: Food Diary Revelations

Jul 15, 2009 - 0 comments

I began using the Food Diary on medhelp.. It's a very nice tool, and while I don't forseee using it daily, it did reveal some interesting things about my diet.

I started using it because have been worrying that I wasn't getting enough protein in pregnancy.  I've seen it recommended that we get at least 60 grams of protein, with some info suggesting the more the better due to a reduced chance of toxemia with 80-100 grams of protein.

It turns out I have been getting plenty of protein, as it is found in many things I did not expect, such as vegetables and whole grains.  However, it looks like I am getting a few too many calories (I am estimating I need 2200 for my size and age plus the pregnancy).  Who knew that the 2 ears of fresh corn I ate last night would cost me 600 of those calories!

So instead of worrying about eating more protein I will now be trying to cut back on calories from the less nutritious foods, like the Reese's peanut butter cup currently calling my name from the work candy stash.

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