If you're someone who's currently pregnant, one thing that you might be wondering about is whether intermittent fasting is safe.

Let's have a quick peak at a few of the main things that you should consider.

The Calorie Requirements

The very first thing that you need to think about if you're considering using intermittent fasting during your pregnancy period is the calorie requirement factor.

During the pregnancy term, your calorie requirements are going to increase, so it's essential that you are making sure to get this in. While in everyday life it may not be that big of a deal and falling slightly short may actually be preferred if you are looking to experience fat loss, right now, this is not what you want.

Falling short on your calorie intake could mean less than proper growth for your baby, which is obviously not a good thing.

The Nutritional Support To The Baby

The second thing that you need to consider is the fact that while your fully grown body may be fine going for hours and hours without food, your baby's is not. The baby's body will be growing at an incredibly rapid pace right now and as such, it needs a constant supply of nutrients being delivered to the body's tissues.

If that nourishment isn't provided, this could slow down the growth process that you experience. It's vital that you are eating regularly throughout the day so that your baby always gets the nutrients that it needs.

When planning your meals throughout your pregnancy, you should also be making sure that you are taking in complex carbs, proteins, and health fats in all the meals as best as possible. It's that balance that you're really striving for here.

The Comfort Factor

Finally, the last thing to consider is the comfort factor. While during a normal situation you may not find that much discomfort eating so many calories at once during the eating phase, when pregnant, this may not be the case.

First, given your calorie needs are now higher, you'll be eating more than what you're used to. Second, many women do experience a more bloated feeling throughout their pregnancy and just slight discomfort due to the overall weight gain they're going through in general.

Add to that the fact that you're now consuming very calorie dense meals in a short period of time and it may just make the entire process not all that comfortable.

So before you're too quick to dive into an intermittent fasting approach while pregnant, keep these tips in mind. It may not be the best of options if you want to feel optimal and produce a healthy baby.

About the author: Shannon is a fitness trainer and freelance writer who has written for Bodybuilding.com.


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