During both my pregnancies, I developed a ferocious appetite. And my poor husband can definitely attest to the madness!
It didn’t take him long to learn that a simple “I’m hungry” actually meant “FEED ME NOW!”
I remember the feeling—I was okay, not hungry, and then all of the sudden, BANG, I needed to eat and needed to eat now. And the worst part is I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to eat—sound familiar?
Well, appetite attacks are normal! But they can wreak havoc, causing a lot of unnecessary anxiety about those extra, unnecessary pounds!
Here’s another common occurrence that pregnant women experience with food.
I feel STARVING all the time. I know it’s not true hunger because twenty minutes after I’ve just eaten a filling meal, I feel like I should eat again. I just don’t get that satisfied feeling!
I am only about six weeks, is it possible I need to eat more? I am no skinny-minny, so I want to avoid overeating if I can.
Do you have any suggestions?
Hi, Krista! Firstly, don’t worry, that feeling of always being hungry will pass. As I mentioned at the beginning of this newsletter, I had the same problem in the beginning, but by four months, I did find that starving feeling to be less intense.
As for suggestions: well, firstly, it’s important to know that there are two types of hunger: mental and physical. Mental (or emotional) hunger begins in your head, whereas physical hunger begins in your stomach.
When you’re feeling physically hungry, you need to eat, but make sure you choose well.
On the other hand, when your hunger is emotional, try to distract yourself with a non-food item like a movie, a massage, or a good old-fashioned shopping spree! If that absolutely doesn’t work, give in to your craving—but make sure it’s an every-now-and-again treat rather than a daily one!
To avoid gaining extra unnecessary pounds while you’re going through the pregnancy process and dealing with an appetite that has a mind of its own, here are a few tricks:
- Snack throughout the day on low-calorie foods, like raw veggies or edamame (soy beans—my favorite!)
- Include good quality proteins with all of your meals—eating too many carbohydrates (like so many of us do!) will cause you to gain more than your body needs to.
- Stay away from the “fat-free” foods—we need fat in our diet (especially for helping you feel satisfied) and all of those no-fat foods are loaded with sugar and artificial flavors.
- Eat small frequent meals and definitely avoid overstuffing yourself (which of course is a major cause of extra weight gain!).
- Do some kind of daily activity (if you can), and include cardiovascular exercise three to four times a week preferably.
There’s no question that pregnancy truly puts your relationship with food to the test! Nevertheless, I want you to feel confident that you can get through this pregnancy looking good and feeling great.