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Are You Hungry All the Time During Early Pregnancy?

Are you feeling hungry all the time? Do you want to know why pregnancy makes you want to eat every hour of the day? Then keep reading, because feeling constant hunger during early pregnancy is normal.

In the following article, you can learn the reasons why you may be so hungry, especially during the second trimester. Knowing how to handle your appetite will benefit bot you and your little one.

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Why does your appetite increase during pregnancy?

During early pregnancy, the difficulty is not only limited to your suffering from morning sickness thanks to the wild hormonal rush in your body, but you also need to deal with an increased appetite.

In fact, one of the reasons why you are feeling constant hunger can be related to the morning sickness which makes you vomit and leave your stomach empty. Since your body does not absorb the nutrients you are consuming, you feel may feel hungry all the time.

During this time, your body needs lots of nutrients while keeping a tiny human growing. Pregnancy probably makes you consume less food or calories than you did before you got pregnant. To deal with increased hunger and appetite, you need to eat more food when you don’t feel nauseous.

You need to analyze and list certain foods that cause aversions and make sure you consume healthy food only, because you and your baby are in need of those important calories.

During the early pregnancy, you may begin to feel hunger pangs and food cravings. Experiencing hunger pangs does not mean that you are really pregnant unless it is followed by missing your cycle, morning sickness, having tender breasts, and fatigue.

Being hungry all the time during early pregnancy is related to the growth of your baby. To keep the healthy development of your baby, your body starts to work in overdrive during pregnancy night and day. Therefore, you need to supply your body with extra calories and energy it needs through the food you consume.

When you are pregnant, you will realize than your body burns way more calories than you can even consume them, which feels as if you need to eat all the time.

What does hunger pang feel like?

You feel hunger pangs in the upper abdomen which generally leads you to an increased level of hunger. When the inner lining of the stomach becomes irritated, you feel hungry even after eating.

During pregnancy, digestion makes your stomach become empty, which, in turn, exposes the inner linings and makes them rub together. Hunger pangs can then develop due to the irritation which is caused by this rubbing action.

If you want to avoid hunger pangs completely, you need to ensure that your stomach is never completely empty during the day, while avoiding consuming large meals. Eating small snacks will make sure you also decrease acid reflux.

What are the causes of hunger pangs during pregnancy?

Hunger pangs can be caused by many factors which can be hard to relate to only one reason. However, here are a few reasons why:

Developing baby: Your baby starts to significantly develop during the second and third trimesters. Therefore, for the healthy development and growth of your little ones you need to consume enough healthy calories or risk getting hunger pangs otherwise.

Drinking too much water: Pregnancy is the time when you should always stay fully hydrated. However, you need to watch the threshold, since drinking too much water can lead to your stomach lining to become stretched and result in hunger pangs.

It is better to aim for 10 cups of water per day. It is also a good idea to limit your liquid intake since your stomach fills a lot faster thanks to your little one pushing the stomach upward.

Consuming spicy food: Although, spicy foods are ok to consume in moderation when you are pregnant, exceeding the limit can cause irritation in your stomach lining.

Chew your food properly: One of the reasons for stomach pains and indigestion is the food that is not chewed enough. So chewing the food a bit longer will help you feel full for a long time!

How To Deal With Constant Hunger In Early Pregnancy?

While you can’t completely get rid of hunger pangs during pregnancy, there are still some ways that you can help them subside.

Eating frequently: Since avoiding your stomach to become completely empty is important, you should try eating small amounts of food regularly during the day.

Keep yourself hydrated: It is very important to keep your liquid balance in pregnancy. Therefore, you should drink enough water every day, while watching for overdoing it which can cause irritation by stretching your stomach lining.

Eat some snacks: Carrying healthy snacks like granola bars, trail mix, and crackers, and keeping them at your disposal all the time is a good idea. Keep your fridge stocked with healthy options which can ease your hunger, such as yogurt, sliced fruit and etc.

Watch the calories you consume:  Many women think that, during pregnancy, they can consume anything and everything they want because food consumption is important. Although the last statement is true, it also does have its limits. 

You should keep your calorie intake the same in the first trimester. Starting from the second trimester, it is advised to intake nearly 300 more calories per day, and 500 more from the third. Besides, if you are due to twins, then your calorie intake should be doubled.

Eat healthily: While retaining a healthy diet is important for the proper development of your baby, keeping the diet good and nutritious while aiming for foods that are beneficial for both you and your baby is essential. In addition, always opt for fresh foods rather than processed ones, since the latter has no nutritional value.

When do you start feeling hungry?

For many women, the increase in hunger generally starts in the first trimester, but peaks in the second.

Once your morning sickness settles, you will have a hard time resisting any food and you may feel intense hunger from time to time. Starting from the third trimester most women may notice that their hunger subsides. It feels as if you are never hungry or feeling hungry every few hours.

As your baby keeps developing, less room remains in your stomach for the food you consume. Therefore, your appetite gets smaller since the stomach is not able to hold as much food as before.

This means that you should still consume calories to keep both you and your baby healthy even if you don’t feel hungry.

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