(Closed) No appetite, tips?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

actually, that sounds like a pretty good position to be in…even though nothing sounds amazing right now, maybe you can force yourself to have a few small meals/snacks throughout the day to get the nutrition you need. try little things like apples and peanut butter, crackers and cheese, greek yogurt with fruit, etc etc. 

since m/s hasn’t set in yet, i would think getting yourself to eat a few small things than if everything sounded repulsive. good luck!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I felt like this and it was really distressing. Honestly, I didn’t find there to be much I could do other than when I did actually have a craving and want something, I gave in, and that was huge (and rare). If you want bread, just eat bread. I think most doctors would say that during first tri it’s not as important what you’re eating, just that you are. In 2nd and 3rd is when it matters that you’re getting what the baby needs. 

While I think it’s possible for this to last the whole pregnancy, I’d guess you’ll get through it after first tri. My appetite is now mostly back although some things still gross me out, but that’s different than how I felt before- no desire for anything, everything had to be forced.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Same thing happened to me (in between bouts of “morning sickness” though).  The doc just said to eat what appealed, and eat in about 6 small meals.  So I ate frequent snacks of of peaches, peanut butter, bread, and potatoes most often (and not together).  At that point the doc really didn’t care what I ate, as long as I ate something. 

Ensure worked really great for my SIL when she was pregnant. 

I usually was full after about 10-15 bites anyway, so I just kept things available to snack on. 

My husband was stunned, because I love to go out to eat any chance I can, but wasn’t even interested in that for a couple of months. 

PS- don’t forget to take your pre-natal vitamins!

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

At 8 weeks i bounce from two extremes, I’m either starving and cant get full no matter how much I eat or I have days when I dont want to eat anything and the smell of most foods really turns me off.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I don’t know how far along I am (I think I’m about 5-6 weeks – I go to the Dr. this afternoon).  But I feel the same way.  Nothing sounds appealing to me.  I thought this was really strange because all you ever here is how pregnant women have all of these crazy cravings and are always hungry – I’m a little hungry but just nothing sounds good to me!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I had some issues with eating, too.  I could, however, do liquids most of the time, so fruit smoothies were a great option.  I also couldn’t do meat or eggs for quite a while, so I ate tons of nuts and avocado and full fat dairy.  At this point, just eat whatever you can choke down.  You’ll feel better soon, and then you can start thinking more seriously about nutrition.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My doctor suggested using Ensure or Carnation Instant Breakfast if you’re feeling really sick as a way to get some extra nutrients/protein/etc. 

Personally, they gross me out, so I’ve been chugging milk/eating nuts when I can keep them down for the protein.  I wasn’t able to keep down most meat until about 13 weeks, and even now (14 weeks) I still can’t do chicken/beef very often.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@AprilBride10:  I couldn’t do meat for a while either.  A great alternative to protein drinks is drinkable yogurt.  A little thicker than milk, with more protein and more calories, and imo, a much better taste.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@Mrs. Spring – thanks for the tip, I think I’ll try that next!  

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Hmm. My lack of appetite usually occurs in the evening (or at least that’s when it’s the worst). Fiance and I generally eat dinner together (and I’m normally the one that cooks) so not eating an actual dinner is not really an option for me. So depedning on what we’re having that night, I’ll maybe have a small portion of whatever we’re having.

There was one night when I was fixing what wasn’t the Hamburger helper brand but the concept was the same. It was lasagna-flavored. I could only hande a small portion of that, but my stomach took to some ice cream that I had shortly thereafter (FI’s suggestion) quite well. Go figure, right?

If there’s a certain PART of the day where the lack of appetite is the worst, I hear that if you can make up the calories the rest of the time, that should be fine.

 

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