Can Not Eating in the First Trimester Hurt the Baby?

Can Not Eating in the First Trimester Hurt the Baby?

Pregnancy brings in a lot of excitement and nervousness but it also brings with it a feeling of sickness in your stomach. If it is your first pregnancy, you may still be in the learning process of what you can eat and what makes you run to the bathroom and puke your guts out. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The sick feeling in your stomach will make it very difficult for you to eat. It will be nothing short of an ordeal to then hold the food down. You may feel aversion to eating and you may not want to eat at all. But remember that your baby is developing and it needs all the nutrients you can give it.

You should eat during your first trimester even if you have to force yourself because not eating will hurt your baby and its development. You can eat easily if you do some homework and figure out what you can eat and what you should avoid.

Morning sickness

Know that you will gain some weight during your first trimester too. The weight gain may be anywhere between 2 lbs. and 5 lbs. Nausea will make you lose your appetite but you should find solace in the fact that it will fade away soon.

By the time you enter your second trimester, your appetite will be back for sure. You will also start gaining more weight. You will gain at least 1 lb. each week. Morning sickness is usually the reason why many women fail to eat properly during their first trimester.

Morning sickness will begin to haunt you from the fifth week of pregnancy. You will feel nauseated most of the time and you may end up vomiting a lot. Don’t judge it by its name and think that morning sickness occurs only in the morning. You may experience it even during the night. Some women experience it all day!

How to combat morning sickness

There are some ways to actually combat morning sickness. What you can do is, eating saltine crackers. Keep them close to you at all times and start your day with a cracker or two. If your morning sickness gets worse and you simply can’t eat anything or drink anything, you should talk to your doctor.

Remember that your baby needs nourishment and without eating and drinking, you won’t be able to fulfill its needs. The doctor might hospitalize you and give you intravenous fluids to compensate.

Make sure you eat

Some foods will make you nauseated and you will vomit even when you smell them. Other foods, you can eat. Even if your choices are limited and you can barely eat anything, make sure you eat. Drink water and eat saltines at least. Eat and drink whatever you can in order to aid the development of your baby.

Make sure the foods you eat have complex carbs, iron, and calcium. Vegetables, fruits, dairy, lean meats, etc. are good choices. If you can’t tolerate one, you may able to tolerate something else. Just make sure you eat the right foods.

Calorie intake

During your pregnancy you will need at least 200 to 300 calories more than usual. These calories will help you sustain your pregnancy and make sure that your baby is healthy. Additionally you should drink about eight glasses of water each day. Don’t drink coffee or sodas.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.