(Closed) I AM CONSTANTLY HUNGRY! First trimester

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
9691 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yes, I was constantly hungry throughout my entire pregnancy (well except for when I had MS).

Mostly I craved carbs and fat.  Fruits and veggies didn’t have much appeal.  There’s not much control you have over certain things, unfortunately.  I only wanted to gain 25-35lbs and I still gained 40ish even though I didn’t overeat and worked out the entire pregnancy (down to only 2 days a week at the end though).  I lost 25lbs within 2 weeks of giving birth.  If you can keep working out that will probably be your best bet.  I gained most of my weight when my workouts slowed down.

By the end I was starting to think I’d be hungry forever… luckily that all went away when baby came.

Post # 3
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

FrenchNewlyWed:  When I wasn’t nauseous I was constantly hungry, and probably even moreso now at 21 weekes postpartum (thanks breastfeeding!)  I ate TONS while I was pregnant (until heartburn set in) and I only gained 20 lbs (I honestly didn’t eat all that healthy and I didn’t exercise aside from walking here and there when I felt like it, which was rare.).  Listen to your body, it knows what it needs to do!

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Post # 4
7647 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

FrenchNewlyWed:  I didn’t get super hungry until the 2nd trimester. Just eat. Eat healthy foods, but you need to eat when you’re hungry because one, obviously you know why, and two, if you do come down with MS at some point (which can start up in 2nd trimester, that’s what mine did and in the 3rd a bit), you won’t feel like eating and can lose weight then. If your weight becomes a problem, your doctor will address it, but my best advice is eat when your body says so.

Post # 5
188 posts
Blushing bee

FrenchNewlyWed:  I’m barely 7 wks and feel like my appetite is growing rather large too. I started out at 5’4″ and 116lbs and I’ve already packed on 2-4lbs! It varies by day, so I think alot is water weight, but I’m so scared of gaining too much. I don’t really have much morning sickness to keep me in check either. I’m just trying to stay vigilent about my workout classes. 

Post # 6
850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Wish I was hungry all the time. 8+4 today and I have lot 5lb through morning (all day) sickness….even though it feels like I am eating more as I snack all day long to try to keep the sickness at bay.

Post # 7
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was staaaaaaaarving through my first trimester. I’m nearing the end of the second trimester and things have evened out, haven’t been eating as much nor as big meals. If you’re worried about gaining too much maybe talk to your doc about a nutrition plan? Or try to stick with snacking on fruit and veg and limiting the sugar intake. It will probably let up in the second trimester. 

Post # 8
1149 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

I am also slim and very athletic and I had to eat all the time in the first trimester or I felt nauseus or almost faint. I couldn’t stand the look of salads or most veggies and I was also exhausted and hardly worked out at all (normally go 3-4 times a week). I am now in the second trimerster and things have evened out a bit. I am able to excercise more now (not much cardio though as it knackers me out soooo quickly, but do a tonne of weights instead). I still absolutely staaarving at times but things have certainly eased off a bit. I say just listen to your body, try to eat as healthy as you can manage and excercise when you have the energy for it – even if it’s just a 20 min walk or something.


Post # 9
2178 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Stick to protein and whole grains to keep full.  I was mostly nauseated 1st tri up until around 12w.  Then, I was hungry ALL THE TIME — I ate a piece of peanut butter toast when I left the house, baked egg whites or oatmeal when I got to work, snacked on nuts, lean protein, veggies and a carb at lunch, snack of Greek yogurt, then snack of cheese, grapes and triscuits, then dinner and another snack before bed.  I also kept a protein bar stash beside the bed, because I woke up several nights starving around 2-3am.

That crazy hunger only lasted about 3 weeks.  I’m now 22w and back to a much more regular eating schedule, but still focusing on protein to go longer without being tempted to eat something bad.  Overall, with the MS from first tri, I am still below my pre-preg weight, even with all that eating!  

Post # 10
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

FrenchNewlyWed:  I was ALWAYS hungry during the first trimester, so much that I had to get up in the middle of the night and eat something for several months. I think I ate every 3-4 hours! I ended up gaining 10 lbs in just a few months, but my appetite seems to have evened out a bit now in the second trimester, so the scale hasn’t moved in a few weeks. I don’t want to gain a ton of weight either, but I keep telling myself that I’ll always have time to lose it after the baby comes. I say go for it and eat what you can/want, guilt free — you’re just nourishing your baby 🙂 

Post # 11
1586 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

FrenchNewlyWed:  I have been consistantly hungry also but my family doctor asked me more questions and foud out its morning sickness. when i feel even the slightest bit “hungery” i get nauseaus so i eat to keet it at bay. My Dr gave me a prescription the help with the feeling, but i have been eating like this for about 2ish weeks now and have only gained a pound. as a reerence i’m sitting at about 7 weeks 4 days.

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