Changes in Appetite

Don’t be surprise by changes in your appetite throughout your pregnancy.  You may even suspect pregnancy because of the sudden changes you are experiencing.  Changes in your appetite may include: 1) strong cravings to certain foods, 2) aversions to certain foods, 3) an increase in appetite, or 4) a loss of or lessened appetite.

It is important to eat well balanced meals to ensure that you and your baby are getting the nutrients you need to be healthy.

What causes these changes in Appetite?

It is believed that the rapid increase of hormones related to your pregnancy is the reasons for the changes.  Your body is making drastic changes, your blood circulation and volume are increasing, and you have a developing baby.  All these take more energy and thus more nutrients.

When do these changes occur?

The changes in your appetite are often part of the early symptoms that may even appear before a missed period.  The cravings and aversions are most common during the first trimester, whereas the increased appetite usually escalates during the second trimester.

How frequently do they occur?

All women should increase the nutrient intake.  There are no specific percentages of women noted in research that experience either cravings or aversions to food.  It is pretty safe to state that you will probably experience one or the other or both during your pregnancy.


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