I am not a big eater while pregnant. Between the nausea and heartburn, I just can't eat much. With both boys, I only gained about 20 lbs, and they were almost 9 and 10 pound babies, respectively.
While nursing, though, I cannot seem to eat enough. My appetite is huge. And if baby is having a growth spurt? Forget about it! I'm an eating machine. I even have pregnancy-like cravings. Yet, I'm at (and even a little below) my pre-pregnancy weight. I just ate a huge bagel sandwich and am looking around my office for something else to snack on. Oy!
I can only attribute this to nursing. Nate is huge and gaining fast, so my body must need these extra calories to make all that milk. Did anyone else experience this with their newborns?
I wans't ravenous, but I would eat whatever I wanted without a second thought about calories, fat content, etc. I lost the baby weight quickly, without really working out, and I attribute that to nursing. You burn 800 additional calories a day when you're nursing, so I'm sure the increased metabolism means an increased appetite.
Absolutely - I'm way more hungry while nursing than when I'm just pregnant, and my body burns through calories like crazy. Before I got pregnant again, I was at the lowest weight I've ever been in my adult life - probably since like 7th grade. I actually couldn't even do cardio because I was trying to keep weight on. Even now at 18 weeks, I weigh what I did when I was in college (and a college cheerleader, so not overweight).
Faith, 3Aish redhead
Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy
I was ravenous while nursing. Lost all my baby weight but then gained some back, because the nursing slowed down a lot sooner than my appetite did.
LOL! I'm afraid this is going to happen to me! I know once the first 3 months pass, things will slow down and all the eating will catch up with me. I hope to add some more exercise (besides baby lifting and toddler chasing) as my schedule gets settled. Today is my first day back at work, so I'll need some time to figure out pumping time and exercise time.
Forgot to add that I'm crazy thirsty too. Good thing I'm not peeing like I'm pregnant!
When Lydia was a newborn, I needed middle of the night snacks just to keep up with her! My hunger slowed down some after that, and I tried really hard to develop the habit of paying attention to how full or hungry I was since I knew my food needs would probably vary a lot during the next year and ended up below my pre-pregnancy weight.