Hi, I am new and not sure where to post this, so feel free to move it to another forum if it's more appropriate.

For most of my life, I have been either underweight or on the thin side of normal. Just before I went on the pill about 1 ½ years ago (for heavy periods and anaemia), I weighed 98 pounds, at that time, the most I had ever weighed in my life (i’m only 5 feet tall). Since being on the pill, my weight has increased to about 105 pounds. I’m 40 years old, by the way.

Recently, I saw a gynecologist about my husband’s and my plans to try for a baby. The gyn said that I should take folic acid for three months before trying to conceive.

So I went to a shop to get some folic acid, and saw some pregnancy vitamins which contain extra folic acid, plus additional vitamins and minerals that are supposed to be good for women pre-conception, during pregnancy, and while breast feeding. So I decided to get those and replace my regular daily multi-vitamins with the pregnancy ones.

Since taking the new pregnancy vitamins, I started to want to eat a lot, particulary craving veggies and whole wheat products. So I checked the label, and I saw that the pregnancy vitamins contain twice the vitamin b12 as regular vitamins. Vitamin b12 is an appetite stimulant.

So should I be submitting to my cravings because i’m desiring food that my body needs, and getting the extra nutrition now will make getting pregnant easier, or should I try to keep my weight down so I don’t start developing health problems because of being overweight. I’m concerned because my mother had gestational diabetes and toxaemia during her pregnancy, and I have a family history of heart disease and non-gestational diabetes.

I would appreciate any advice.


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replied December 26th, 2005
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A lot of vitamins cause us to be hungry. Even while pregnant--the vitamins might trigger hunger pains, but whose to say--since we are hungry all the time anyway--and dont care if we eat. Right??
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replied December 26th, 2005
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Well, i'm not even pregnant yet.

And many pregnant women do watch their weight while pregnant. Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can cause problems like eclampsia. Being too heavy can also make labour more difficult.
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replied December 26th, 2005
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malory wrote:
well, i'm not even pregnant yet.


And many pregnant women do watch their weight while pregnant. Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can cause problems like eclampsia. Being too heavy can also make labour more difficult.


you missed my whole point, my whole thought
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replied December 27th, 2005
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Sorry, can you explain what you meant then?

fatfamily02 wrote:
a lot of vitamins cause us to be hungry. Even while pregnant--the vitamins might trigger hunger pains, but whose to say--since we are hungry all the time anyway--and dont care if we eat. Right??


vitamin b12 definitely increases appetite. It is used as an appetite stimulant.

I'm not pregnant, so pregnancy wouldn't be making me hungry.

I was responding to when you said "don't care if we eat" as I am sure even though pregnant women usually feel hungry all the time, many of them are still concerned with diet and nutrition.
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