2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-22 03:30
At the announcement of pregnancy, we still hear our grandmothers telling us: Eat more, my darling, now you have to eat for two! What to do with this gigantic appetite?
Yes, it is normal to have more appetite, because the energy needs increase with the trimesters. But no, our energy needs do not double and we must try to choose the appropriate quality and quantity of food to better control the food cravings that can occur during these 9 months!
If you maintain the same level of physical activity as before pregnancy, your energy needs typically increase by 100 kcal in the first trimester, 350 kcal in the second, and 450 kcal in total in the third trimester. It is possible to make up for this surplus with heartier snacks or slightly larger meals. On the other hand, some women experience early satiety and a feeling of compressed stomach especially during the last trimester, so it is preferable to split meals and snacks during the day and to avoid drinking before or during the meal.
Many women have particular cravings for either acidic foods such as pickles, citrus fruits andgreen grapes or for sweet or savory foods like ice cream, chocolate or potato chips. This is not about eliminating less nutritious foods from your diet, but rather sticking to a reasonable amount! However, they should not take the place of other he althier foods!
Some examples of alternatives to daily cravings