Diet in Pregnancy: iVillage Pregnancy & Parenting

Is it normal to have no appetite in early pregnancy?
It is normal to feel full or on the edge of nausea for most of the first trimester. Weight gain averages only three to five pounds during this time. Your baby is being sustained on your lifetime of good nutrition. The best thing to do is eat several small meals instead of three large ones. Supplement the meals with lots of high-fiber, high-protein snacks. Learn more.

What can I do to cope with morning sickness?
Morning sickness includes a range of symptoms, from nausea and occasional vomiting to extreme vomiting. These symptoms are linked to the increased hormone activity of early pregnancy. Symptoms can appear as early as the fifth week of pregnancy and can last until the 12th or 13th week. Small, frequent meals can help, as can eating a few crackers before getting up in the morning. Learn more.

Is it normal to crave certain foods?
Food cravings are quite common during pregnancy. You may have powerful urges to eat particular foods that you may not have previously desired. The most commonly reported cravings are for sweets, dairy products, sour fruits and spicy foods. Some of your cravings may have a nutritional base. For example, a desire for salty foods -- such as pickles -- may indicate a need for more sodium as blood volume and body tissues are increasing. Learn more.

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