Food aversions are as common during pregnancy as food cravings. Sometimes, moms worry about losing their appetite, thinking it might affect their baby. It is surprising to find a pregnant mom who doesn’t feel hungry when the world expects her to eat for two.
Thankfully, this is natural and a part of how your body functions during the course of pregnancy. To ensure the baby’s safety and keep you away from certain harmful foods, your body could develop a dislike towards them. An increased sense of smell and taste further make you avert from strong smelling foods. Morning sickness, nausea, and vomiting become an everyday story. All in all, it is your pregnancy hormones that are responsible for these strange symptoms that may lower your appetite.
When you don’t feel like eating, know that you are not alone. Around 70-980% of moms feel the same in their first trimesters. Here is how to cope with an appetite loss during pregnancy.
1. Don’t Force Eat For Two
You need not force yourself to eat too much to ensure your baby is getting enough food. If you binge eat, sooner or later you might vomit it all out. Divide your food into 5-7 meals instead of 3 in a day—eat frequently and in small amounts.
2. Skipping Your Meal Won’t Help
If you aren’t feeling hungry, don’t keep your tummy empty. You may feel what’s the point you are anyways going to puke it out later. However, even if it is only a small quantity of food, you are still not staying empty stomach—which isn’t healthy otherwise.
3. Try Foods At Different Temperature
Pregnancy could be strange and surprising. Some pregnant women prefer eating specific foods when cold and chilled rather than warm. It is a personal liking—you may like it hot and fresh. If you don’t like your food, try eating it chilled.
4. Eat Light
When you develop an appetite, don’t gobble up everything. Keep it light and simple, add proteins and good carbs to your diet. You can get carbs from foods like rice, oats, wholemeal bread, wholemeal pasta, potato, cereal, couscous—they will maintain your blood sugar level, which will keep you going well for long.
You have lots of options in proteins—diary products, cheese, beans, legumes, nuts, meat, fish, and eggs are some common sources.
Your stomach would be happy having a banana or yogurt when you don’t feel like eating anything heavy.
5. Avoid Spicy Foods
During the time, when you are not in a serious mood to eat even a morsel, a strong-smelling spicy food would be a strict no. If your partner is luring you with a Chinese meal with noodles, manchurian and soy sauce—say no to them straightaway.
6. Keep Drinking Water
Water or any healthy liquid—lemonade, smoothie, milkshake, or even a cup of tea will keep you hydrated and provide electrolytes that are very much needed by the body. Lemon juice will also help fight nausea, however, some may develop acidity so, consume in small amounts initially.
7. Take Your Supplements
Make sure the supplements prescribed by your doctor reach your body. Don’t skip on the crucial vitamins that your body on daily basis needs during pregnancy.
If you skip eating your meal, it won’t effect your baby. This is because your body’s first priority is their proper growth and development. The biological mechanism will probably scrap off the nutrients from your own body’s store to feed the baby with nutrients, which will leave you tired and lethargic throughout the day.
You could choose to eat light, but strictly avoid skipping any meals.
Moms, we know this is difficult, sometimes annoying, but know that it is a temporary phase. It will disappear rather get replaced by food cravings in the second and the third trimester. There are happy days ahead. Keep going!