The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting During Pregnancy:
It’s not just about losing weight! You might gain some too. But it helps with other things like:
Fluid retention (especially if you are breastfeeding)
Weight loss in the first few months after giving birth (it’s hard to lose that much weight so fast!)
Increased energy levels and mood swings during pregnancy.
More energy levels and mood swings when you’re nursing your baby.
Better sleep patterns during pregnancy.
You may even feel better overall because of all these benefits! And then there’s the fact that you’ll have less stress due to being able to eat whenever you want during pregnancy. I’m sure you’ve heard stories from friends about how they were stressed out because their kids would wake up at different times or wouldn’t stop crying.
With intermittent fasting, you don’t have those problems anymore!
Why do I recommend intermittent fasting while pregnant?
There are many reasons why I think it’s a good idea to try intermittent fasting while pregnant. Here are some of them:
1. Weight Loss: You’ll probably lose weight during pregnancy because your body will start burning fat instead of glycogen for energy.
Your metabolism will increase which means you’ll burn more calories than before. Intermittent fasting can help with this process because it helps you control your portions and eat less food.
2. Less Hunger: You may feel like you’re always hungry when you’re pregnant.
This is especially true during the first and last trimesters. If you have cravings, then it might get worse. The worst thing you can do is to give into these cravings.
You might eat a lot of junky food that’s not good for you. This can lead to weight gain and digestive problems. Intermittent fasting can help with suppressing your hunger so you don’t binge on junk food.
3. Less Stomach Problems: A lot of women suffer from heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion, and other stomach issues when they are pregnant.
They also get the runs or have diareaha (too much information?
). This is caused by hormones and other things that are happening within your body. Intermittent fasting may help with this because you aren’t consuming as much food. It also helps increase the motility of your bowels (how fast your poo moves through your intestines).
4. Easier to Get Pregnant: There is some evidence that shows that intermittent fasting can help with fertility in women.
You may be able to get pregnant faster if you’re eating the right way (and less of it) with IF.
5. Less likey hood of Gestational Diabetes: Some women are more likely to develop gestational diabetes (a type of diabetes that develops when you’re pregnant).
This is because your body can’t handle all the extra calories you’re consuming. Some doctors believe that intermittent fasting can help with controlling blood sugar levels.
6. Easier to lose weight after having your baby: You don’t want to gain too much weight when you’re pregnant because it’ll be harder to lose the weight after you’ve given birth.
Intermittent fasting can help you control your portions and eat less food. This will lead to faster weight loss after your baby is born and make losing the weight easier overall.
These are some of the main reasons why I think it’s a good idea to try intermittent fasting while pregnant. There are also other benefits such as increased mental clarity, but those are harder to measure.
How does intermittent fasting while pregnant work?
There are a few ways you can try intermittent fasting while pregnant. I’ll list them and explain the pros and cons of each way. Pick the one that sounds the best to you:
Method 1: Eat two meals a day – You could stick to eating two meals a day and have your breakfast at 9am and lunch at 3pm. This will give you a 14 hour fast each day and a 10 hour eating window.
Pros: You’ll have a definite breakfast and lunch so you won’t be as hungry. You could also have your last meal at 8pm to extend your fast to 16 hours which is even better. Cons: It’s hard to only eat twice a day, especially when you’re pregnant and have cravings.
You also have to deal with eating a big meal earlier in the day.
Method 2: 5-6 meals a day – You could eat 5-6 smaller meals a day with breakfast at 9am and then have dinner at 8pm. This will give you a 16-18 hour fast which is great for losing weight and possibly easier to do when you’re pregnant.
Pros: It’s easier to eat frequent small meals throughout the day. You can also start dinner earlier if you like. Cons: You have to cook more which takes more time.
In my opinion, the 5-6 meals a day works better because it’s easier to do and you consume smaller portions throughout the day. You can always opt for a combo of both and have 3 meals and 2 snacks. Do what works best for you.
How much should I eat?
I can’t tell you how many calories you should consume because everyone’s different and has a different metabolism, but here’s a rough estimate of how many calories you should consume based on your weight.
For example, if you weigh 150 pounds then you would multiply that by 11 for a calorie intake of 1650 (you shouldn’t go under 1200 calories). If you weigh 200 pounds then you would multiply that by 13 for a calorie intake of 2640.