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How much is too much ?

Discussion in 'Pregnancy & Labor' started by PinksAndBlues, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. PinksAndBlues

    PinksAndBlues Senior IL'ite

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    Dear friends
    Im back with one more query. I am currently in the 16th week . Nowadays I find that I am hungry at frequent intervals. I wake up at 6 in the morning and drink some water and have half of a fruit or banana. After that at 8 I have breakfast , again find myself hungry at around11 , have some biscuits or fruit , then lunch at 1 , again light snack at 4 like bread and some juice etc, then dinner at 8 or 9 .
    I am not having big meals , infact if anything my meals are smaller than pre pregnancy (not on purpose, just feeling full faster nowadays) . So is it ok to eat this frequently ? Before pregnancy I was normal weight , neither overweight nor underweight but I am worried if I eat like this I will gain more than necessary.. During my first pregnancy I put on a total of 12 kgs but I lost all of it fast after baby was born. But also that time I was feeling this hungry only in late pregnancy ..maybe after 7th month or so..
    This time I really dont know why I am so hungry and where all the food is going :bonkIs it normal to get so hungry so early on ?Would appreciate some advice
     
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    arch Senior IL'ite

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    i read somewhere that its common to feel hungry after the nauseating period/3 months, when we don't eat much.. maybe the baby is demanding more this time :D don't worry.. i guess this is alright.. also you are just having snacks in b/w the main course. guess thats needed...
     
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    Priya_Mommy Gold IL'ite

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    Hi P and B,
    Though it is perfectly normal and acceptable to have hungry during pregnancy, but be little cautious on the type of your intake. Be it in a nutritious way. THe thumb rule could be 1 Kg every month by min, so your pregnancy weight should be between 9-12 Kgs in a normal tone, and if its beyond chk with your gynic on thyroid levels.
    One of the reasons why you may be feeling a little hungry is because the hormone leptin - which controls hunger - is a little off during pregnancy. Receptors in the brain work to suppress chemicals that suppress your hunger - thus causing you to become more hungry, to ensure that you will eat enough to get your baby more nutrients.
     
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    PinksAndBlues Senior IL'ite

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    Thanks arch and priya mommy. I didnt know about leptin hormone ..

    I talked to my gynaec and he suggested that weight gain should be 3 to 5 pounds in first trimester and after that one pound every week for second and third trimesters. So total weight gain should be from 25 to 40 pounds in 9 months. So far Im well within that range . Also I'm taking care to eat high fiber and low fat foods so guess its ok :)
     
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    mridusudha Silver IL'ite

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    Like Priya mentioned, watch what you eat. Eat more protein that way you won't feel hungry for atleast lil longer.
     
  6. daisymom

    daisymom Senior IL'ite

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    Sweetheart,

    eat frequently, eat light

    avoid processed foods and added sugar like noodles, biscuits, pizza, white bread , packaged juices , sweets etc.

    the LO needs just 300 calories extra everyday, something like 2 avg size banana... we dont actually have to eat for two :)

    eating frequently but light makes sure that we dont suffer from fluctuating sugar level/BP/acidity


    i have seen so many would be moms struggling to control weight in the last trimester when it really shoots up!
    dont be surprised to gain 4-5 KGs in the last month itself! so keep some margin left for that time!

    best of luck!
     

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