What to Do In Appetite Loss during Pregnancy?
There is no need to mention that proper nutrition and a healthy diet are never more important than in pregnancy. You may feel the ravenous appetite for the street foods to the homemade pickles. This is the time when you will be asked to put on weight by eating desired foods. However, as soon as you start indulging in your favorite dishes, you may experience appetite loss or common nausea problem of pregnancy. How would you cope up with this situation?
How much weight gain should be there?
If you are experiencing appetite loss, don’t worry. First know how much weight you should have which indicates whether you are supporting your developing baby or not. A normal woman should gain anywhere between 25-35 pounds. In the first trimester, your baby needs are less and you may also feel sick every time. Therefore, weight gain can be less. However in successive trimesters, you must ensure that you are gaining one pound every week.
Appetite loss during pregnancy can be due to variety of reasons depending upon your trimesters. In every trimester, you will feel different kinds of problems and thus, you may refrain from your favorite foods.
Here, we tell you few ideas to ensure that you and your baby remain in a good health condition even when you are feeling green in the gills.
First trimester: Often, nausea and vomiting are the main reasons which can affect your eating schedule. Apart from that, increasing level of female hormones (estrogen and HCG) makes you highly sensitive to smell so that you feel averted to different foods. Some women also feel a metallic taste in their mouth in this trimester.
- Ensure that you are taking in at least eight glasses of water every day. Apart from that, you may also try lemonade and ginger tea.
- As you have less appetite, whenever you feel like eating a bit, eat protein and carbohydrate-rich foods so that you get energy and nutrition.
- Do not eat too much at one time. Make a rule of eating six small meals instead of three large meals.
- Stay away from things or foods which have strong smells. Mostly spicy foods have strong flavors so better not to go for them.
- Don’t forget to take your multivitamins as any deficiency of nutrition in your diet can be fulfilled with that.
- Eat whatever you like. Do not only stick to the routine food.
- If you have excessive nausea, talk to your doctor as he/she may suggest you some medicines to keep it at ease.
Second trimester: Be happy as this is considered as the best time in pregnancy. You are still not round as watermelon and your appetite is showing again. So, use this time to settle your cravings and give your baby maximum nutrition. Constipation can be one problem at this time to some women.
- The most important nutrients at this time are calcium, folate, and proteins. So, try to take high fiber foods such as legumes and green leafy vegetables. Fibers help in fighting with constipation.
- Take plenty of Omega 3-rich foods as it helps in development of baby’s brain.
- Although, for most of the women all the first trimester problems subside by this time but if you are getting them still, remember the rules from the first trimester.
Third Trimester: This trimester, there is no nausea, no morning sickness, but still you eat less because size of your stomach is decreased. You will fell ravenously hungry, but as soon as you take few bites you will feel as if you eaten up the whole plate. The growing uterus takes the maximum space of your abdomen and thus, you feel quite bloated during this time. Other problems can be indigestion, heartburn, and constipation. As the things slow down in your stomach, you don’t feel like eating frequently. Still, you have to manage the diet and nutrition in this last phase too.
- Firstly, as you did in the first trimester, eat only small meals in this trimester also. Overeating can increase the problem of indigestion and heartburn.
- Do not fall for spicy, oily and deep fried foods as they tend to make you feel bloated and produce gas in your body.
- Eat fibrous foods such as whole grain bread, leafy green vegetables, and legumes and so on to let your system works smoothly.
- Walk regularly after meals to enhance early and fast digestion.
Some women experience excessive nausea and vomiting which is medically termed as Hyperemesis gravidarum. If you are the one, talk to your doctor. Such women feel difficulty in taking even one single meal.
Your doctor may perform some prenatal tests to know the exact reason. He/she may also perform an ultrasound. Apart from the general prenatal tests, doctors also perform genetic prenatal tests such as Non-invasive Analysis for Chromosomal Examination (NACE) to know if the child is at risk of having any chromosomal abnormalities such as Down’s syndrome, Patau’s syndrome or Edward’s syndrome.