Can NOT Eating in the First Trimester Hurt My Baby?


We all know how important good nutrition is for both mom and baby during pregnancy. However, for some women, eating right isn’t easy.

In fact, many women suffer from nausea and morning sickness or other problems that make it hard for them to eat at all. So, what happens if you can’t eat during the first trimester? Is there any harm to the baby? Read on to find out more.


1 What’s Normal

Most women gain anywhere between 2 and 5 pounds during the first trimester. For most women who suffer from an illness or other problem that keeps them from eating, the weight gain is easily made up during the second trimester, when nausea usually eases up a bit.


Not being able to eat much during the first trimester does not usually have any negative effects on the baby. Babies (and their mothers) are very resilient and babies usually grow and develop just fine even if mom feels horrible.

2 What You Can Do

If you are having a hard time eating or keeping your food down, ask your doctor for advice. He or she may be able to prescribe you a medication to help ease up nausea and make you feel better.

Also, remember to take your prenatal vitamins if possible. This will make sure that even though you are not able to eat, you are still getting some vitamins and minerals. Keeping a few saltine crackers by your bed in the morning can also help.


Just take a few nibbles in the morning when you wake up and that may be able to alleviate some of your sickness. Make sure to get enough water to drink as well, since dehydration is something to worry about during pregnancy.

  3 What To Remember

When you are in the throes of morning sickness, it can be really hard to feel optimistic. However, know that nausea and morning sickness are usually over fairly quickly, by the first trimester.

In the worst cases, some women are sick throughout their pregnancy, but go back to normal after their babies are born. Just keep in mind that things will get better, and for the time being, don’t be too hard on yourself.


Eat what you can, when you can, and don’t stress too much about nutrition. Also, know that your baby will take the nutrients it needs from the mother, so the mom usually suffers instead of the baby. Don’t worry if you are not able to eat much during your first trimester.

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Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.

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