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Complete lack of appetite?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

Is anyone else having a complete lack of appetite? It's like I'm back in the first trimester, only able to eat fruit, bread and milk products. I am getting worried that I am not getting enough veggies or protein, but I can't bring myself to even swallow many foods. Like yesterday, I barely choked down half of a turkey wrap at 2pm though my breakfast at 9 was 2 eggs and a single, small waffle, and my only snack about a cup of chopped pineapple. I wasn't hungry again until 10pm, and then could only bring myself to have 2 plain hot dogs because nothing more complicated sounded good. 

 

I think it may be in part that I've gained too much weight, and so my metabolism is trying to tell me "You don't need more food!" (Up 45lbs at 35 wks!!)

 

However, I am worried the baby won't get what she needs at such a critical time of growth. 

 

Is anyone else experiencing this? What have you been eating? 

post #2 of 18
Your not alone, I feel the same way! Couldn't stomach the thought of supper last night (family had spinach/kale salad and pork chops) I had a handful if sunflower seeds and then some grapes before bed.
post #3 of 18

For me, it's feast or famine. However, sometimes I have to MAKE myself eat, otherwise my blood sugar gets too low and I sort of bottom out (like today's lunch - not hungry, but without food, I won't get anything done!). The last few nights, I've actually been TOTALLY not hungry at dinner time - then starving at 3am. Totally don't get it. Fun times.

post #4 of 18
Yes! Lately I also started feeling a lot of nausea and even lost my lunch for the first time since the first trimester. I think the lack of stomach space contributes but also a lot of foods that I craved or relied on before just don't sound or taste good. Tonight my dh made me French toast with fresh strawberries on top and it definitely did the trick!
post #5 of 18

I'm like Ruheling, feast or famine. But even on the days when I have an insatiable appetite (today), many foods are not appealing at all. I'm not sure if it's because I'm just tired and don't feel like going through all the effort (perceived or real), or if I'm starting to have aversions again. I JUST got over some of my lingering 1st tri aversions a couple months ago!

 

talldarkeyes, French toast with strawberries sounds AMAZING. I would totally eat a plate of that right now, and I just finished dinner! I feel like I'm eating SOOOO much bread, way more than usual, but it's quick and easy and always sounds good. And my dh can always be counted on to bring me butter + honey toast at any time of day or night. Mmmm.

post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 

Huh, how funny. I always had that stereotype of the insatiable pregnant woman in mind I guess! 

 

I did finally have a balanced meal tonight for dinner. A small hamburger with all the fixins with a big baby kale salad and some chopped radishes and carrots. However, it was at 7:30pm after eating like 600 calories all day!

post #7 of 18
Sometimes I eat a Ton then other days I just want fruit and cereal for dinner. Space is limited!!
post #8 of 18

I hate food, and don't have much appetite these days, but I am physically hungry in the mornings, so I eat. Then I feel like crap until late afternoon because I fell too full and heartburny. Bleh! 

It will be so nice to have my body back after this lil one moves out. :)

post #9 of 18

I haven't really been that hungry either, and when I am, it's back to the unhealthy (high carb/high sugar) things that sounded good in the first trimester and not the things I should be eating, like good proteins, fats and veggies.  I'm trying not to give it too much, because chocolate cake and/or ice cream for dinner doesn't really seem like it's going to benefit my baby's growth!

post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by harmonious View Post

I haven't really been that hungry either, and when I am, it's back to the unhealthy (high carb/high sugar) things that sounded good in the first trimester and not the things I should be eating, like good proteins, fats and veggies.  I'm trying not to give it too much, because chocolate cake and/or ice cream for dinner doesn't really seem like it's going to benefit my baby's growth!

 

Ugh, exactly. I keep trying to remind myself that with limited room for food and low appetite, every little calorie counts since it prevents me from consuming another, better food. 

post #11 of 18
Well, I know this isn't going to be popular but baby's job right now is to pack on the pounds so it makes sense to me to be eating higher calories foods. You can always make those foods more nutrient dense. Like yesterday I made brownies with almonds, sprouted Spelt flour and sucanat, all making them more nutrient dense than boxed brownies. If I had extra funds I could also have used grassfed butter and pastured eggs. I think it is very indicative that we are all craving the same types of foods at the same time in our pregnancies! We don't have a ton of room in our tummies but we need those calories!
post #12 of 18

talldarkeyes I totally agree with you that we need more calories for baby to get some good weight on - I just think we should get them from things like grassfed butter (as you suggested) and avocado, olives, fatty fish, etc, and not from the things that are sounding good like baked goods and ice cream, but are essentially empty calories and sugar!  That being said, I had a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast today instead of eggs & avocado and it was pretty tasty :)

post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by harmonious View Post

talldarkeyes I totally agree with you that we need more calories for baby to get some good weight on - I just think we should get them from things like grassfed butter (as you suggested) and avocado, olives, fatty fish, etc, and not from the things that are sounding good like baked goods and ice cream, but are essentially empty calories and sugar!  

 

Exactly :) That's what I meant by "making every calorie count"-- trying to eat more nutrient dense food. I started today by skipping my empty-carb cravings for breakfast and having a peanut butter, banana, flax and yogurt smoothie instead. Still hearty and sweet, and better than what I really wanted which was waffles!! 

post #14 of 18

Great brownie idea Talldarkeyes! How does it taste with those ingredients compared to regular brownies?

 

I have zero appetite so far today but I forced myself to have some apple sauce this morning and just had a buttered waffle for lunch....actually felt a little less nauseated after the waffle. I know I need more protein and calories, I've got some chicken thawing in the fridge for supper but it certainly doesn't sound appealing right now and I haven't decided on what side to serve with it yet. Normally, choosing what to eat is no problem at all as I have had such a good appetite this pregnancy until lately.

post #15 of 18

The homemade brownies taste better, I think. I don't like the icky sweetness of store bought or boxed brownies, though.

post #16 of 18

Homemade brownies are always always better! Too bad they're dangerously easy to eat - I've had trouble making myself want to eat stuff that isn't carb-laden (like brownies and bread with PB&J or nutella) -- or popscicles, cheese, or chocolate. I think it's just being miserably tired and those options are too easily available. I have grapes and blueberries in my fridge right now, but they require washing. Lazy, yes?

post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by talldarkeyes View Post

Well, I know this isn't going to be popular but baby's job right now is to pack on the pounds so it makes sense to me to be eating higher calories foods. You can always make those foods more nutrient dense. Like yesterday I made brownies with almonds, sprouted Spelt flour and sucanat, all making them more nutrient dense than boxed brownies. If I had extra funds I could also have used grassfed butter and pastured eggs. I think it is very indicative that we are all craving the same types of foods at the same time in our pregnancies! We don't have a ton of room in our tummies but we need those calories!

I like this "better brownie" idea, and since my chocoholic husband just bought some chocolate chips, I think I can make some good ones. I also think I have frozen spinach, so I am going to try and make that the "winner" food I sneak in. I've heard it works really well with room temp brownies, but you can taste the greens if they are warm!
post #18 of 18

excellent idea. I have cubes of frozen spinach in my freezer from last fall - would never have thought of putting spinach in brownies but this would be a nice use of them! 

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