I gained a ton of weight during both of my pregnancies, and years later, I’m still struggling to shed those extra pounds. I’ll admit that I scarfed down french fries like there was no tomorrow, but the ravenous hunger I felt played a big part in my weight gain, too. You’ve heard of weird pregnancy cravings like pickles and ice cream, but you don’t hear much about those immense hunger pangs. If it feels like your hunger has no end in sight, you might wonder, why am I always so hungry while pregnant?
Well, for starters, you can blame it on all the amazing creation and growth going on inside you. According to Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) and Fellow of American College of Childbirth Educators (FACCE) Deena Blumenfeld of Shining Light Prenatal Education, during pregnancy, your body is working extra hard, and the food you eat provides the calories you need to keep going. “A pregnant mom is using those calories all day and all night, even when she’s sleeping, to grow the baby and the placenta,” she tells Romper.
Blumenfeld explains that all that growth takes fuel and energy, and that is where your hunger comes in. The calories you take in are the measure of energy (or fuel) your body needs to function progressively, and because you are using more energy during pregnancy, you’ll need more calories too. “A woman needs an additional 100 to 300 calories per day to grow and sustain a pregnancy,” notes Blumenfeld, “in addition to 40 to 60 plus ounces of water…
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