When you’re pregnant it’s easy to overeat, especially, during the last two trimesters. I know it well, I gained 20 kgs during my last pregnancy. I wasn’t hungry, I was stressed, depressed and, most of the time, bored. My cravings for food intensified enormously. Unfortunately, I didn’t notice that until the last month of pregnancy, when my doctor asked me about my diet and tested me for diabetes.
How come nobody told me that the baby who’s the size of a grape doesn’t need an extra pizza?
It’s never healthy to overeat, especially during pregnancy when overeating can seriously affect you and your baby. Now, when I’m pregnant again, I listen to my body more carefully. I don’t follow any specific diet, never did, and for sure I don’t count calories (who does it, anyway?). I simply try to pay more attention to the kinds of foods I’m ingesting. However, sometimes it’s not so easy to deny yourself.
When my self-control fails, I’m following these tips to avoid binge eating:
Take a healthy breakfast not only because it’s the most important meal of the day, but also because the way you start your day affects how the rest of your day will go;
Place a small bowl of nuts and seeds in the living room. This is a small impediment in your way to the fridge. I also like to snack hummus with veggies what is a super healthy snack during pregnancy;
Take the cravings seriously. They exist for an evolutionary reason. For example, if you’re craving cake, take lots of fruit instead, maybe your body needs the quick energy of glucose;
Make a list before grocery shopping to avoid emotional purchases and impulse buys;
Eat real food. Instead of going to a supermarket, try to find a real local farm market with fresh, local and even organic foods. For sure you won’t find there any Cheetos.
Avoid baking without a special occasion. Muffins can be surprisingly dangerous, especially if you are home alone. Trust me, I used to eat dozens a day;
Buy one dark chocolate that is 70% cocoa or higher instead of many Kinders. It cuts cravings, controls appetite, reduces stress and inflammation;
Water, water, water! Your recommended daily water intake is higher during pregnancy, so drink as much as you can. Besides, drinking plenty of water will keep you away from unnecessary foods. To keep myself motivated I usually set up a daily goal and then track my progress;
Get busy to overcome boredom. Get out of the house, socialize and do things that make you happy. Sitting on a sofa is not an option, so stop to wallow in self-pity and move;
Stay positive. Negative emotions drive you to overeat. It’s easy to say, but try to think positive and keep calm;
Love yourself more than ever. This is the time to take care of your body and mind. Get rest, exercise and eat well. If you have any doubts about your actions, ask yourself if what you’re doing is good for you and your baby. The most important thing I’ve learned is to listen to my body. It’ll tell what it needs.