4 Practical Tips for Curbing Your Pregnancy Hunger

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In my experience, during pregnancy, you fit into either one of two categories: you're either too sick to eat or you're all-the-time hungry. Your experience with hunger in pregnancy all depends on how you react to the pregnancy hormones. So you're either so nauseated that you can't even think about food or be around it or you can't seem to keep your fridge stocked full enough for your appetite.

Increased appetite during pregnancy is not uncommon, and if you think about why it happens, it makes sense. You're growing a human, and your caloric requirements increase, and between that and funny cravings, you may feel like you can't ever get enough food.

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It's important, though, to make sure you're not eating too much. Excess weight gain isn't healthy for anyone, including pregnant women, and it can also affect your baby. You should always make sure you talk to your doctor about how much food you need to be eating and about tips particular to your own circumstance on how to make sure you're getting the right food for you.

If you're looking for practical tips to curb all that pregnancy appetite, here are some things that worked for me during my pregnancy:

Choose foods that keep you feeling full longer

Not all food is made the same — some options are healthier for you than others and some foods do an excellent job at keeping your appetite at bay. Choosing the right foods, ones that will not have you reaching for another snack only 20 minutes later, can make a big difference in how much time you're spending eating.

Avocados, chickpeas, eggs, and dark chocolate are all great choices that will help keep your mind off food and keep your stomach feeling full for longer between your meals.

Snack on smaller meals throughout the day

Skip those huge three-meals-a-day ideas and break down what you're eating into smaller plates throughout the day. This way, your stomach won't have the chance to feel empty before you reach for another meal. This tactic can also help keep the pregnancy queasiness down, and you won't be watching the clock doing a countdown to dinnertime.

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Eat foods that take longer to eat

Sometimes, taking a longer time to eat can help make you feel like you've eaten more. Choose an orange that you need to peel, nuts or seeds that you need to remove the shell, or even a string cheese that you peel, not bite, can all give your body and brain that extra time to eat, without extra calories.

Listen to your body

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I've learned from the times I've been pregnant that if I am hungry, it's best to listen to my body and fuel it. You need to have a conversation with your care provider or seek the direction of a dietitian if you're concerned about gaining too much, feeling too hungry, or about any other worries you have about food. Being kind to your body throughout your pregnancy will serve your baby and you well in the future.

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4 Practical Tips for Curbing Your Pregnancy Hunger

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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