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Weight Loss During Pregnancy

Losing weight during pregnancy — and a little freaked out about it? We've got the answers you want.

What is weight loss during pregnancy?

It certainly seems strange to lose weight when you’re creating a whole-new person, but it’s probably nothing to fret about if you’re in your first trimester.

What could be causing my weight loss during pregnancy?

Morning sickness and the accompanying loss of appetite can cause you to shed a few pounds in the first trimester. Don't worry — you'll more than make up for this loss in the upcoming months. And remember, most women only gain between three and five pounds in the first trimester.

When should I go to the doctor with my weight loss during pregnancy?

If you continue to lose weight or simply can’t keep anything down, talk with your doctor.

What should I do to treat my weight loss during pregnancy?

Still, you can (and should) take action to ensure you and baby get the nutrients you need.  Prenatal vitamins are the way to go, though you might want to try one with a low dose of iron (the mineral can actually make nausea worse). And try to eat whenever you can stand it. An empty stomach can actually trigger nausea, as can low blood sugar, so eat before you’re hungry and always keep snacks nearby. Getting extra sleep and cutting down on stress will also work wonders for your appetite.

For an alternative remedy, try ginger (ginger ale, ginger candies, ginger beef with snow peas…). It has a long history of making tummies feel better. Or slip on an acupressure wristband, found at most drugstores. The bands — meant to ward off motion sickness — have helped many an expectant mom fight the queasies.

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