Dealing With Appetite Loss During Pregnancy

Loss of appetite during pregnancy

Good nutrition is never more important than when you’re pregnant. Here’s how to make sure you are taking care of you and your growing baby even when you’re feeling a bit green in the gills.

Always associated pregnancy with a ravenous appetite for everything from pepperoni pizza to ice cream and pickles? Pregnancy is indeed that one special time of your adult life when gaining weight is applauded and eating every two hours is encouraged (lucky you!). But just as you begin stocking your refrigerator with healthy foods (and yes, sometimes those not-so-healthy cookies you’re craving), loss of appetite — plus its common sidekick, nausea — strikes, turning your nose at the sight and smell of your favorite foods.

Gaining enough pregnancy weight is the major signal that you’re eating enough to support your baby’s needs. Depending on your pre-pregnancy weight, most normal-weight women should aim to tack on between 25 to 35 pounds. During the first trimester, when “morning sickness” (known to many as all-day sickness) is at its worst, it’s common to only gain one to four pounds (or sometimes even lose weight). That’s OK. At this point your fetus is so tiny it has fewer nutritional requirements — so as long as you’re taking your prenatal vitamin, all of your needs should be covered. After the first trimester, gaining about one pound per week is advised. If your appetite is still nowhere to be found by early in your second trimester, or if you aren’t meeting the recommended weight gain in your third trimester, consult your doctor for a diet plan.

Still worried? Don’t be. You’re going to have easy days and difficult days — the big picture is what’s important. The good news is most women find they can manage appetite loss with a few tricks. Here’s how to find that appetite again.


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