A.N. asks from Carrollton, TX on June 09, 2010
26 Weeks Pregnant - HUNGRY
Anyone out there at this point in their pregnancy experiencing the same?
It seemed like for weeks I could eat normally and not even need extra calories. Now I'm famished all the time. And tired too. Is it the baby growth spurt? When will the spurt go away?
And on top of that, everytime I eat something I get awful heartburn.
URG... I'm so ready to be done with pregnancy!
T.J. answers from Fort Walton Beach on June 09, 2010
Then eat! Eat something healthy and filling... like hummus and veggies or hummus and pita bread. Or avocado.
Heartburn happens in pregnancy... that's why they make Tums! LOL! Sorry, it's just a fact to deal with during pregnancy.
Drink lots of water too! That helps with hunger.
Good luck and enjoy :)
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C.O. answers from Sacramento on June 10, 2010
Totally normal. Just eat many small HEALTHY snacks throughout the day. If a certain food is more prone to giving you heartburn than another, then avoid it. Not drinking during your meal, but a while after is great idea, as someone already mentioned.
Also, part of your hunger could be your body's way of searching for a nutrient that you might be lacking. Taking a prenatal, if you are not already, may help with this.
K.C. answers from Dallas on June 09, 2010
I'm 34 weeks and still like that!! Yeah, I think baby's having a growth spurt. ....thankfully I don't get much heartburn anymore since he dropped 2 weeks ago....hang in there! (i'm so done with it too!)
A.S. answers from Dallas on June 09, 2010
I've had two children and have lost two children. All four times I had spells where I didn't really want to eat anything, times when I ate normally, and times when I was SO INCREDIBLY hungry. I believe the baby is going through growth spurts at these times and your body is needing the extra fats to help the baby develop properly. Don't feel bad about eating more than normal. Do NOT starve yourself because your body is telling you it needs the food. Eat healthily though! Otherwise you will be packing on unwanted/unnecessary pounds. Give the baby those good vitamins, etc. Also, whatever you eat during pregnancy is what the baby prefers after birth so start it on a healthy track now.
Also, try watermelon for the heartburn. I had bad heartburn with our son and ate 1 1/2 LARGE watermelons a week. Watermelon is healthy for the baby, helps with heartburn, and it helps keep your water weight down.
V.G. answers from Portland on June 09, 2010
If its any consolation, its completely true (scientifically proven) that if you have bad heartburn during pregnancy, you're most likely carrying a little babe with a head full of hair. :)
I know it seems like it's taking forever, but hang in there! It's only a little while longer and then you'll have a completely different set of issues! lol
As far as the eating thing goes, the last trimester is when the baby puts on most of its weight, so it makes sense that you're needing more calories. :) Eat healthy foods and enjoy your quiet time! :)
S.G. answers from Saginaw on June 09, 2010
I go like that all the time! One day I really dont eat much more than normal then the next I cant stop eating all day! And everything I eat gives me heartburn and has for a long time! Try taking otc pepcid 2x a day, stay away from cafeine, chocolate:( and acidic foods. Also I try not to eat at least an hr before bed and not to lay down after I eat. I know its tough but you gotta hang in there! I am almost 39 weeks with my 3rd and none of them have been easy but well worth it in the end! Good luck!
K.D. answers from Dallas on June 09, 2010
My OB just told not to drink much when I eat a meal, it fills the stomach up too much and causes heartburn. Eat small meals throughout the day also, that helps a ton. Maalox is safe to take during pregnancy, it just killed the heartburn that I had. Tums are not as helpful. Hang in there! Carry healthy snacks with you if you are away from home so you don't drive through somewhere because you feel so famished!
K.E. answers from Spokane on June 09, 2010
Oh just wait girl! I know this is probably contrary to most advice, but INDULGE! Pregnancy is the time I can eat, and not feel guilty. I am 38 weeks, and I've gained 36 pounds so far. But I always lose it within about 6 weeks after baby. If you're hungry, eat! As far as heartburn, check with your doctor about taking prilosec. I take it, and it's wonderful! I know some doctors say yes, and some say no.
Being tired is very normal during pregnancy. You are manufacturing a human being! What a job! Sleep and eat when you need to, because after baby comes, you'll have no time for either. Good luck : )