Nausea in pregnancy: I eat little, can the baby suffer from it?

Nausea in pregnancy: I eat little, can the baby suffer from it?
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Nausea in pregnancy and little desire to eat

It happens: many pregnant women lose weight in the first months of pregnancy. Fault of nausea and vomiting, which certainly do not make you want to eat. In general, however, do not worry, because in the first weeks the caloric requirement remains more or less the same, and begins to increase only from 10-12 weeks.

You shouldn't eat for two when you are pregnant

Even if you eat little or even lose weight in the first few months, don't worry: your baby will still be fine. Among other things, the myth that during pregnancy it is necessary to eat for two must be dispelled.

"In reality, the supplementary energy requirement is not very high," explains Angela, nutritionist biologist in charge of the NutrMyModernsParents team at ICANS in our city. "An average intake of 150-180 kcal more per day - the equivalent of a packet of crackers or a cup of milk - is enough to meet the new demands."

If it comes to hyperemesis gravidarum

That said, anyone who is already very thin in early pregnancy, and continues to lose weight on top of that, would do well to consult with their gynecologist, to make sure they are still getting sufficient amounts of the necessary nutrients. The doctor should be heard even if the nausea and vomiting are so intense that they become debilitating, that is, if you reach hyperemesis gravidarum.

Nausea in pregnancy and risk of miscarriage

This is good news for the many women who suffer from nausea and vomiting in the first weeks of pregnancy. An accurate American study confirms that they are at less risk of losing their baby.

Analyzing the data, the researchers found that abortion was more frequent for women who did not suffer from nausea or vomiting. In particular, for those who had had nausea there was a 50% less risk of abortion and for those who also had vomiting the risk was lowered by as much as 75%.

La confirmation comes from a survey conducted by researchers from the American National Institutes of Health, just published in the journal Jama Internal Medicine.

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