How to Manage That Unrelenting Pregnancy Hunger During Pregnancy?
The following are some tips for managing your hunger during pregnancy:
1) Eat small meals every 2 hours or so.
You will need to eat less than usual if you have been eating too much. Eating smaller meals helps you feel full faster, which means you don’t overeat later on.
2) Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Drinking lots of fluids helps you stay hydrated and reduces the amount of food you consume.
3) Try to avoid alcohol and caffeine during pregnancy.
Alcohol increases blood sugar levels, which causes hunger pangs. Caffeine blocks certain hormones from being released into your bloodstream, which makes you feel hungrier longer. If you do drink these substances, limit yourself to one cup per hour (or less).
4) Avoid spicy foods like chili peppers and hot sauce.
These substances cause intense hunger and make you want to eat even more.
5) Avoid fatty foods such as bacon, sausage, ham, cheese and cream pies.
Fatty foods increase insulin levels in your body, which causes increased hunger.
6) Stay away from high-fat dairy products like ice cream and cheesecake.
High fat dairy products cause rapid release of insulin into your bloodstream which leads to increased hunger.
How long should you manage hunger during pregnancy?
While you may experience hunger in the first trimester, extreme hunger and cravings usually begin in the second trimester. Extreme hunger can last up until the third trimester or until you give birth. You will most likely be less hungry after giving birth and want to eat healthy, nutritious foods for your new baby.
Does extreme hunger go away after giving birth?
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