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Am I hungry because I'm pregnant?

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Many moms-to-be notice a huge leap in appetite. This is your body's way of making sure the baby gets enough nutrients to grow. Most women gain between 4 and 6 pounds during the first trimester and then 1 pound a week during the second and third. Other signs that you might be pregnant include:

  • A missed period
  • The need to pee often
  • Nausea
  • Sore breasts or breasts that get bigger

From: Reasons You’re Always Hungry WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Aldrich, N. , May-June 2013. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Antihistamines and Weight Gain."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Eating During Pregnancy."

American Diabetes Association: "Diabetes Symptoms."

American Sleep Association: "Sleep Deprivation -- What is Sleep Deprivation?"

Chambers, L. , February 2015. Trends in Food Science and Technology

Cleveland Clinic: "Am I Pregnant?"

Coffin, C. , April 2006. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Emotional Eating: Causes, Prevention, Treatment and Resources."

Harvard Health Publications: "Why stress causes people to overeat," "Could it be my thyroid?"

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health: "Artificial Sweeteners," "Fiber," "Sleep: Waking Up to Sleep's Role in Weight Control," "Carbohydrates."

KidsHealth.org: "Polyphagia."

Mayo Clinic: "Diabetes symptoms: When diabetes symptoms are a concern," "Stress Management," "Depression (major depressive episode)," "Hypoglycemia."

University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences/Science Life: "Sleep loss boosts hunger and unhealthy food choices."

UC San Diego Health: "Wide Effect: Drugs That Promote Weight Gain."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "When Your Weight Gain Is Caused By Medicine."

Van Den Eeden, S. , October 1994. Neurology

Yang, Q. , June 2010. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Aldrich, N. , May-June 2013. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Antihistamines and Weight Gain."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Eating During Pregnancy."

American Diabetes Association: "Diabetes Symptoms."

American Sleep Association: "Sleep Deprivation -- What is Sleep Deprivation?"

Chambers, L. , February 2015. Trends in Food Science and Technology

Cleveland Clinic: "Am I Pregnant?"

Coffin, C. , April 2006. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Emotional Eating: Causes, Prevention, Treatment and Resources."

Harvard Health Publications: "Why stress causes people to overeat," "Could it be my thyroid?"

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health: "Artificial Sweeteners," "Fiber," "Sleep: Waking Up to Sleep's Role in Weight Control," "Carbohydrates."

KidsHealth.org: "Polyphagia."

Mayo Clinic: "Diabetes symptoms: When diabetes symptoms are a concern," "Stress Management," "Depression (major depressive episode)," "Hypoglycemia."

University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences/Science Life: "Sleep loss boosts hunger and unhealthy food choices."

UC San Diego Health: "Wide Effect: Drugs That Promote Weight Gain."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "When Your Weight Gain Is Caused By Medicine."

Van Den Eeden, S. , October 1994. Neurology

Yang, Q. , June 2010. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 30, 2019

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