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Normal to be hungry in 1st Tri?

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BluegrassLass Wed 12-Mar-14 23:25:17

So I've been REALLY lucky so far. I'm at least 7+1 (haven't had a dating scan yet), and so far I've not really had any MS. I've had a few occasions where I've felt light-headed and I have gone off a few flavours/scents. But I've noticed that I seem to get really hungry if I don't eat every 3-4 hours. Is it normal to feel hungry this often so early on? Since getting my BFP, I've been tracking my weight, and I've lost around 4lbs in the last 3weeks. And I've been eating what I consider to be normally. I don't want to starve myself obviously, but don't want to gain any more weight than I really need to since I'm already obese.

hartmel Wed 12-Mar-14 23:42:21

Yes totally normal.. I'm pregnant with my second one and I could eat all day. What I noticed if I don't eat when I notice I get hungry, I feel light headed and very dizzy.

Oh and it is normal that you will wake up in the middle of the night because you are hungry. Have some snacks beside your bed.


BluegrassLass Wed 12-Mar-14 23:44:51

Thanks Hartmel! I'm glad I'm not the only one!

AnythingNotEverything Thu 13-Mar-14 00:03:29

Yup. I are all the way through my pregnancy and breastfeeding too. It felt that that day before your period cones when all you want is stodgy food and gravy and proper pudding with custard.

MyNameIsWinkly Thu 13-Mar-14 00:05:11

My hunger eased off after the first trimester for a while but its coming back (25 weeks now.) I had dinner at about 8, then grapes and mini cheddars and I am STARVING.

Lozmatoz Thu 13-Mar-14 06:58:01

Just eat! It's completely normal. You MUST put on weight while pregnant, it's important to both yours and your baby's health. Just eat good foods rather than rubbish like fast food. I've been eating way more than usual (as u did in my first pregnancy) and I've just started to put weight on; I'm 13 weeks. It'll also make you feel less unwell if you don't get hungry.

I also ate loads more when breastfeeding. But because of breastfeeding and pushing a pram everyday.... And then never sitting down with a toddler, I ended up slimmer than ever.

LastOneDancing Thu 13-Mar-14 07:55:44

I couldn't cope without doubl breakfast for the first tri. I also developed the palette of a 5 year old - sausages, fish fingers and everything with masses of ketchup!

My appetite has massively dropped in the late second/ third, so it all evens out - try not to worry too much and give your body what it needs.

Eminybob Thu 13-Mar-14 08:15:50

Yes I was starving throughout my first trimester and had already gained about half a stone before my booking appointment blush
I was unlucky that I suffered pretty bad from morning sickness and eating was the only thing that helped.
I'm 20 weeks now and my eating has gone back to normal over the last 8 weeks or so.

Trooperslane Thu 13-Mar-14 08:23:17

I normally eat very slowly and about half a portion if we're out for food

I was 8 weeks pregnant when DH looked at me in amazement - of inhaled an entire lasagne and he was on his second piece of ravioli grin

I second snacks the bed and cereal bars/ fruit on you at all times.

When I needed to eat it was NOW - not in a minute but immediately.

Congrats, op

Trooperslane Thu 13-Mar-14 08:23:48

*I'd, not off.

ElleDubloo Thu 13-Mar-14 08:29:21

I'm extra hungry and I've got morning sickness at the same time! I think about food all the time and I feel sick when I get hungry - but there are certain foods that make me feel sick just when they're mentioned (e.g. tofu, sweet potatoes, which I normally love) - yet there are other foods that I can stuff myself with (e.g. salt and vinegar crisps, which I never liked before).

kiwiscantfly Thu 13-Mar-14 08:38:39

Both of my pregnancies I've been starving in the first trimester and if I didn't eat regularly I'd actually feel sick. I say to for it!

PenguinsEatSpinach Thu 13-Mar-14 09:26:21

Yes, it is totally normal. Be led by your appetite, especially if you are getting lightheaded. The main thing is to try and make what you do eat healthy choices, as that will limit unnecessary weight gain.

FWIW, I have followed the same pattern each time. Ravenous in first trimester and gained quite a lot of weight. Second trimester barely gained any weight and eating pretty normally. Third trimester, not as hungry and can't eat as much at once, but obviously gaining baby/placenta/fluid weight a lot faster at the end.

SandwichBag Thu 13-Mar-14 09:42:30

I agree with everyone else - I was ravenous in the fisrt tri - now 15 weeks and it's eased off loads, but im still eating more than I normally would (never used to snack or eat bread or pasta). Luckily I only put on a few pounds and now over the biscuits and chocolate phase so snacking on apples and low fat yoghurts.

evertonmint Thu 13-Mar-14 09:43:55

I am 27 weeks - put on about 16lbs in first trimester but only 5 in this one. It's my 3rd pregnancy, I always have to carb load on first trimester as my body is craving food all the time to stave off any nausea, and then 2nd tri I just have a normal, sometimes even suppressed appetite. 3rd I eat little and often as my tummy can't cope with big meals by then!

Eat to your hunger, but make sensible choices (harder in 1st tri where hormones make you crave certain things). I'm eating lots of healthy protein, salads, veg, good fats to counter the occasional chocolate/cake binge... grin

Iona1651 Thu 13-Mar-14 10:43:28

I've not had any morning sickness at all, nor cravings etc - am now 25 weeks. But in the first 8 weeks I was sooooooooo hungry. I'd eat a full Sunday roast and an hour later I could've eaten it again! Calmed down after those first 8 weeks thank goodness - I be the size of a double decker bus by now if it hadn't. Not sure how much weight I've put on, only got a small bump just now - will be seeing the midwife next week so will find out then. Eat when you need to - it's just your body's way of dealing with what's happening to it and telling you about it! (Oh and I bought a small Victoria sponge from Greggs this morning to have at lunchtime as my reward for getting up and doing 26 lengths of swimming from 7am!!!).

ChicaMomma Thu 13-Mar-14 11:55:17

I ate all around me (literally, gained 1 stone) in the first 16 weeks. I was afraid i'd be up 4 stone at the rate i was going- but it did ease off. I'm 26 weeks now and it seems to be back somewhat in the last few days, again i'm having 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners.. but i'm sure it'll pass. The weight gain has slowed down thankfully, i'm up 20 lbs which is OK(ish) for 26 weeks really.

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