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#1 of 4 Old 08-21-2013, 09:38 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi - I am super early in this pregnancy (as in 12 DPO today; had an easily seen line at 8 DPO) and I am still nursing my 13 mos old and I am hungry all.the.time.  It would make sense that I would be more hungry...but this early?  Any BTDT?  

(It's all probably in my head :) )


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I haven't BTDT, but I remember being hungry really early on. I would trust your body and eat, just try to make healthy choices. Since I'm pregnant I try to pay attention to my body and eat when I'm hungry, not something I was good about before.

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The times I've been pg while nursing I was starving constantly for the first couple weeks until morning sickness hit.
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I am not currently breastfeeding, but when I was breastfeeding my first, I recall that I was starving all of the time, anyway. I ate as much as I could (it seemed I could never hold enough to really keep the hunger away) and was still losing.


In my last pregnancy (which was my first), I never really got that hungry – as a matter of fact, I found myself “forcing” myself to eat. I gained about 35 pounds, and never even really felt like I was eating that much.


Now that I’m in my second pregnancy, I am constantly hungry and always craving red meats and very protein-heavy foods. I eat so much more than I did with my first pregnancy and at 16 weeks, still have yet to gain (my pre-pregnancy weight fluctuated between 180 and 185 – at my 14-week check-up was 184.6, and today at 16 weeks when I went to review US and labs I was 183.0).


My advice would be that as long as it appears that your body is using what it’s getting, keep eating! With my last pregnancy, my iron levels ran a little low, but this pregnancy, the midwife said they are perfect. I’m certain it’s a result of giving in to the cravings for protein/iron-rich foods, so I guess my body just has a better idea of what’s needed this time.

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