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#1 of 4 Old 09-23-2013, 03:03 PM - Thread Starter
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I am having an extreme lack of appetite and interest in food.   I'm only 5.5 weeks.  Since I got my pregnancy confirmation and even beforehand, I have not felt like eating.  I don't take pleasure in food anymore it seems.  I feel like eating is a chore and oftentimes I will start eating something, take a few bites and then just feel turned off, so I stop.  I have lost 6 pounds already in a short time and am starting to get a little queasy here and there so I am doubtful the appetite will improve.  


I am worried because in previous pregnancies (even the one I MC'ed) I still had a powerful appetite in the early days, even when nauseous.  In this pregnancy I don't want anything really.  I also am not having any cravings.  


Has anyone ever been like me?  Why am I so averse to eating?  I am not even sick, I just feel turned off of all food.  It's like my body isn't sending me the same hunger signals anymore.  I feel like I can go all day without eating and barely notice.  The only time I do stop to eat is when I feel dizzy or lightheaded.  Then the same thing happens...a few bites and then turned off.  


Advice and reassurance appreciated.  I had a loss with my last pregnancy so I am extra paranoid this time.  :(

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OtherSoul, I am feeling the exact same way! I am also almost exactly as far along as you. Eating just sounds terrible to me. I have no cravings for healthy or junk food. I can force myself to eat about one small "meal" a day. Sometimes I can eat organic saltines, a few homemade chocolate chip cookies with coconut oil, or homemade green smoothie throughout the day, but mostly I don't eat and have lost some weight too. I have some nausea and had diarrhea that goes away a little if I take probiotics.

It's completely the opposite of other pregnancies. Like you, I'm not sure what it's all about either. I have had losses too so I am always worried. No spotting or bleeding or anything else to signal impending m/c.

So, while I have no answers, I am definitely in the same boat!
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My first pregnancy was like this and everything was fine (and somehow I still managed to gain around 30 to 35 pounds despite the fact that I never felt like I was eating enough - even for myself).


With pregnancy #2 I have all the insatiable appetite/cravings/urges that I've heard others talk about in pregnancy. I feel like I'm eating enough for myself and a teenage boy, and plenty of high calorie foods (this little guy likes his red meat!). And I'm barely gaining!


Sometimes I think our bodies will just take what's needed from what's given to them. Apparently in my first pregnancy I really did need very little - this time around I need a lot more just to sustain...

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I'm 5.5 weeks too, and this is the first pregnancy (out of 6 total, will be 4th kiddo) where I have felt this way. Usually I can't stop eating, this time I'm just not interested.  Sometimes, something will sound good, and I'll pound it (bagel sandwich with egg and cheese usually does it), but most things are


This pregnancy is nice and strong so far.  Great hcg numbers, more than doubling, things are well. So don't worry, it's not a bad sign.  If nothing else, be glad you'll start in the negatives so that when this goes away and you're suddenly ravenous, you'll have some wiggle room! :eat

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