Fear of appetite loss during the first trimester and beyond is common for pregnant women, especially for women experiencing their first pregnancy. There are many well-meaning friends that will tell all kinds of horror stories about their own pregnancies or someone they know. Stories range from the unusual cravings to those of women who became anorexic during their pregnancy. The real truth is somewhere in the middle of these stories. The increase in hormones during the first trimester can trigger episodes of nausea and vomiting as well as constant headaches. The swelling that occurs during the first trimester because of water retention puts pressure on the brain stem. This is the control center for balance and naturally when a person becomes unbalanced they also become nauseous.
This problem can be alleviated by several methods. A popular method is to purchase a set of sea bands. These bands are worn like tight bracelets and have tiny plastic balls on them that are positioned on the underside of the wrist. Slight pressure to these balls can help someone stop an attack of nausea when it begins. Another method is to keep small pieces of fresh ginger at hand to chew on when nausea strikes. An old tried and true method is to keep plain saltines at hand to nibble at when nausea strikes.
If a woman is experiencing constant nausea and significant weight loss during the first trimester, she should alert her physician immediately. Signs of appetite loss and weight loss could signify dehydration, which is dangerous to both mother and fetus. A dehydrated person can potentially experience a heart attack if not treated immediately. It is important for pregnant women to drink as much water as possible during their pregnancy. They should also try to find foods that won't upset their stomach by following the BRAT diet when they are ill. The BRAT diet consists of bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. These items rarely irritate the stomach or bring on nausea because of their odor. These food items will provide enough nutrition to the mother until she feels well enough to try other foods. Spicy foods, eggs or fish usually triggers a pregnancy loss of appetite. These foods are known to trigger nausea in some pregnant women.
Women who have been anorexic in the past may have a justifiable fear of appetite loss during their pregnancy. It is important to tell your physician if you are anorexic when you are diagnosed as being pregnant. Special meal plans may be called for and more frequent office visits may be needed to keep both the mother and fetus healthy. Psychological help may also be required to help bring into focus the need for a woman to put her own fears of weight gain aside for the health of the child. Many women are worried about gaining weight during pregnancy, because they feel that it makes them fat and undesirable. The weight a woman gains during pregnancy can be taken off once the child is delivered with proper diet and exercise. The average weight gain for a woman during her pregnancy is from 15 to 35 pounds. The weight gain depends on the size of the mother and the type of diet she follows during her pregnancy.
Physicians are alarmed when a pregnant woman shows signs of appetite loss, especially when their patients are teenagers. This age group has a tendency to be concerned with weight gain during pregnancy despite the need for them to gain weight for the health of their children. Unfortunately the media in general puts a lot of pressure on young people to be thin and beautiful. A pregnancy doesn't usually fit in with the idealism of a model body in this age group. One of the best ways to combat this image are the frequent visits to the physician during the first trimester to closely monitor the diet and weight gain of teenagers during pregnancy.
It is normal to experience a fear of appetite loss during pregnancy. Women worry that the fetus won't develop normally or that they are responsible if something goes wrong later in the pregnancy because of the diet that they followed. A pregnancy loss of appetite is a sign that a woman should consult her physician. Women should follow the advice of their physician and consult a dietitian if they aren't sure of which foods to eat during their pregnancy. A healthy diet is the best defense against illness and weight loss during pregnancy.