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Appetite Changes

Frequently during pregnancy women experience increasing feelings of fullness and a decreasing appetite. Both can occur because of the increasing size of the developing fetus pressing against the stomach and as a side effect of constipation. Like other digestive challenges, poor appetite is one to try to problem-solve. If left unchecked, it can lead to poor nutritional intake and dehydration which can affect the growth and development of your child.

Below are some tips to help limit the impact of a poor appetite. Medical treatment may also be recommended and it is important to report any appetite changes you have to your physician, especially if your progress with weight gain is being impacted. Vitamin-mineral supplements may be recommended and should be discussed with your doctor.

Poor Appetite Strategies
Eat 3 small meals and 3 snack each day, hungry or not.
Choose high protein foods such as meats, poultry, fish, dairy, nuts, and cheese.
Choose your favorite foods, and boost calories in them.
Keep snacks with you to eat every few hours.

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