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Absolutely starving while pregnant.

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 29, 2012 at 6:21 PM

This is a funny post, since I posted a few months ago about not being hungry and being a little under the normal weight gain for my pregnancy.

But NOW I'm in a normal, healthy weight gain range. And NOW I'm starving. I wake up at night to eat, eat first thing in the morning and then I have to eat every 2-3 hours throughout the day to keep myself from passing out.

I'm still working out at a moderate intensity level every other day, and I chase my toddler around all day and we walk a lot with the stroller. So I know that I'm active, young (27) AND pregnant - but this is just ridiculous. Should I be concerned that my leptin sensitivity is off? Should I be tracking calories and nutrients?

Or should I just eat very healthfully and let my body do whatever it is that my body needs to do to sustain my pregnancy and me? What would you do?

Note: my diet has a lot of fat, meat, nuts, tons of veggies and some fruit and some full fat dairy (but not a ton.) I'm somewhat strict, but if I have a craving for more whole milk, I don't ignore it.

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

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on March 30, 2012
at 11:05 PM

Yeah... I'm 5'1", so there wasn't much room left in there for food once I hit about 34 weeks.

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on March 30, 2012
at 01:50 AM

So jealous, my ribs touch my hip bones, I'm seriously short-waisted, things got pretty crowded in there.

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on March 29, 2012
at 11:16 PM

I'm glad you asked this - I'm almost at 31 weeks and have been a lot hungrier the past week or two! Apparently this kiddo is doing some major growing :-)

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

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on March 29, 2012
at 08:42 PM

Staying very hydrated. The first thing I do in the morning is drink an entire liter of water. I am eating organ meats, taking all my supplements, and an extra 2000 IU of Vitamin D to keep my levels up. I will try more cheese! (If I can hide it from my toddler to eat it myself, that is! :-) )

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

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on March 29, 2012
at 08:40 PM

true. I don't have the same crowding issues, as I'm almost 6 feet tall, that other women seem to have. I was eating big meals with no problem up until 40 weeks last time. (I'm almost 22 weeks now.)

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on March 29, 2012
at 07:03 PM

Within reason, of course =D

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on March 29, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Hah! Well, I probably will NOT give my body the Sour Patch Kids I've been craving. But I did let myself eat a whole bunch of kiwi instead. It's just... strange. I shouldn't need THIS many calories, according to all the reading I've done.

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07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on March 29, 2012
at 06:36 PM

EAT.

Whatever your body and that little bambino are telling you they need, GIVE IT TO THEM.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on March 29, 2012
at 07:03 PM

Within reason, of course =D

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

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on March 29, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Hah! Well, I probably will NOT give my body the Sour Patch Kids I've been craving. But I did let myself eat a whole bunch of kiwi instead. It's just... strange. I shouldn't need THIS many calories, according to all the reading I've done.

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on March 29, 2012
at 06:55 PM

Sounds mostly normal.

Babies have growth spurts in-utero, just like they do after they are born. Definitely follow your body's cues.

Cheese may be useful, if you tolerate it. Think nutrient density/high calories over food volume.

Are you eating organ meats?

Also, make sure you are staying hydrated.

Getting enough Vitamin D & magnesium? If you are waking up at night to eat, I am wondering if you are missing any nutrients...

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on March 29, 2012
at 08:42 PM

Staying very hydrated. The first thing I do in the morning is drink an entire liter of water. I am eating organ meats, taking all my supplements, and an extra 2000 IU of Vitamin D to keep my levels up. I will try more cheese! (If I can hide it from my toddler to eat it myself, that is! :-) )

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35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

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on March 29, 2012
at 06:47 PM

Girl, you are PREGNANT! Eat. While you can... you've done this before, you know that as it gets further on that baby will take up all the room where your GI tract was and it's hard to eat as much... or, you know, breathe normally. :-P (I'm assuming that you're in the 2nd or early 3rd trimester.)

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on March 29, 2012
at 08:40 PM

true. I don't have the same crowding issues, as I'm almost 6 feet tall, that other women seem to have. I was eating big meals with no problem up until 40 weeks last time. (I'm almost 22 weeks now.)

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on March 30, 2012
at 11:05 PM

Yeah... I'm 5'1", so there wasn't much room left in there for food once I hit about 34 weeks.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on March 30, 2012
at 01:50 AM

So jealous, my ribs touch my hip bones, I'm seriously short-waisted, things got pretty crowded in there.

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