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How do you curb your cravings????

Hey ladies. I would like to know what you did to engage in the cravings but at the same time careful not eat like a pig.

I am starting to be hungry ALL THE TIME. Like three meals a day arent enough. The past week I have been eating fruit as snacks but even that doesnt seem to curb my appetite. I feel starved only a couple hours after I eat. Like the pains in my belly hurt as if I havent eaten all day. I have been indulging those moments with chips, crackers, chocolate, ice cream. So you see where this is headed? I will gain 100 pounds before my ninth month!

So what kinds of foods are good for me to snack on that will hold my hunger pains? My hubby seems to think that I need more vitamins. Arent the prenatals enough? All though I must admit that I do not take them every day. Maybe a couple times per week. So am I lacking in other areas, is that why I am hungry?

Any advice would help. This is my first so I keep telling myself who cares if I get fatter than I should. But I am the type to have serious issues with weight so I NEED to do something.

oh im 5'3" 137 pounds. I lost 15 at the beginning of my pregnancy.
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replied April 24th, 2008
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You should be eating every 4 hours. Small meals. 3 meals a day isn't going to cut it. Your calories only need to be increased by 300 a day. That is not very much at all. Read the labels on packages.

Any veggie is good for a snack. Carrots, broccoli, tomato, etc. You should be drinking a lot of water! Everyone says, "Oh, I drink water." Great. Drink more. Smile The amniotic fluid surrounding the baby gets like stale fish tank water if you are not hydrated enough to keep it changing. That requires drinking a lot of water.

Sometimes we tend to snack when we are thirsty. Before you snack, drink a glass of water.

Fruit is good for snacking too.
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replied April 24th, 2008
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yeah, what ingi said!

i just wanted to add that you should not take additional vitamins. everything you need is in your prenatals and too much of some stuff is bad so you don't want to take extra.
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replied April 24th, 2008
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you also need protiens to make you feel satisfied longer. carbs will only satisfy your hunger for a little while. that is why it's important to have a balanced meal, with carbs and protien. a little veg, a little meat (or beans or whatever) and some grains will keep your tummy happy for longer than chips or other junk foods. it's okay to have good fats too (like olive oil or fish.) those are great for the baby because they are important for brain and nervous system development.
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replied April 25th, 2008
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thanks ladies...I really appreciate the advice and will take it to heart. Time to go shopping for good foods!

Thanks again
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replied April 25th, 2008
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small snacks are good, a few fruits, some veggies, crackers with peanut butter, i sometimes make half a peanut butter sandwich if im feeling like i want to eat before dinner time, soups too.
3 meals a day wont do it, the baby needs a little more than you do now.
Materna is good to be taking, but some take Folic Acid as well.
I take one Materna a day along with one Folic Acid vitamin for vitamins for the baby and me.
try that if you like Smile
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