İt’s normal to have a larger appetite because energy needs increase with each trimester. But no, our energy needs don’t double. It’s important to choose the appropriate quality and quantity of food consumed to better manage food cravings that can occur during these nine months!
If you maintain the same level of physical activity as before pregnancy, your energy needs generally increase by 100 kcals during the first trimester, by 350 kcals during the second and 450 kcals, total, in the third trimester. It is possible to meet this increase energy need with more substantial snacks or somewhat larger meals. However, some women experience early satiety and a compressed stomach especially during the last trimester, so it’s best to spread out meals and snacks during the day and avoid drinking before or during the meal.
Many women have specific cravings, for acidic foods such as pickles, citrus and green grapes or for sweet or salty foods such as ice cream, chocolate or chips. Less nutritious foods don’t need to be eliminated from your diet, but settle for a reasonable amount! They shouldn’t take the place of other, more health foods!
Here are some healthy alternatives to everyday cravings