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So...I've been feeling like now that I have an appetite, I'm eating non stop. It's crazy. But I'm HUNGRY. So, today was a pretty normal day, and apparently my body wants about 150 calories an hour. I'm eating about 15 hours a day, so that works out to between 2200 and 2500 calories a day.<br><br>
Does that seem about right?
 

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You should eat whatever amount your body needs. It will change week to week - depending on growth and your activity. As long as it's healthy, I wouldn't even think about calories. I had a few weeks I was eating about 4500/day which seemed like a lot of eating but I NEEDED it. Now I'm eating a good bit less.
 

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Yeah, I think as long as you're eating intuitively and following your body's cues about hunger/satiety, whatever amount you're eating is great!
 

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ITA with the others posts, it really sounds like you are doing just that!<br><br>
Since you are wondering though, I think the calorie allowance technically recommended for pregnant women is between 2400-2600, so there you go!
 

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I so know the feeling. I haven't been able to shove enough food in my mouth the last couple of days. I am not eating out of boredom or anything like that, I am truly hungry. Like all the time.<br><br>
I have pretty much been just making it a point to eat whole unprocessed foods and not worry about how much I have been eating. Apples with peanut butter, fruit, veggies, unprocessed meat, cheese. Staying away from the chips and candy. Eat well and don't worry about it. I think baby is just going through a growth spurt. Or that is what I am telling myself.
 

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Yeah, I'm not worried about how much I eat, or how much I gain, I was just wondering what the average intake "should" look like.<br><br>
My last two pgs, I'm sure I averaged higher because I was also nursing. This time, I've not really been hungry much until now, and now I am eating all day! Like I said, though, it's not an issue. I'm fully expecting to gain my usual 60 pounds. I was just curious. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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There is no one right number of calories to be eating when you're pregnant. It depends on your height, the weight you started the pregnancy at, your activity level, how far along you are, and whether you are nursing or not. You can find some good online calculators that can give you a ballpark range for each trimester, based on those factors.<br><br>
As for eating intuitively, that is great to do if you have a normal relationship with food. I wish that were the case for me, but it's not. For that reason, I have a great whole-foods oriented nutritionist who takes into account all the factors above and gives me a healthy range to stay within. Otherwise, I'd be eating way too much, or too little, and not enough stuff that's healthy. If anyone reading this is wondering how much to eat and has any kind of history of eating disorders, disordered eating, emotional eating, or a history of big weight gains and losses when not pregnant, I would recommend going to a nutritionist for some guidance. Just my two cents.
 
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