How to Fight Off Junk Food Cravings During Pregnancy

Find out how to fight off those unbearable snack attack cravings


 

Hunger is a feeling you’ll eventually get to know all too well during your pregnancy. And while feeding baby is important, what you eat is even more important for both baby and Mommy. Read on to find out how to fight off those unbearable snack attack cravings.

 

 

 

 

 

1.  Keep Healthy Snacks with You At All Times

During the second trimester, when morning sickness is (hopefully) a thing of the past, your body will jump into overdrive. That means you will be hungry all day long. When your body is running on empty, you are more likely to indulge in a forbidden snack. Keep healthy, high calorie snacks like nuts, pretzels, cheese and dried fruit with you everywhere you go. So no matter when the snack attack hits, you’ll be ready for it with a healthy snack that will fill you up and give you some much-needed energy.

 

2. Indulge a Little Bit

While a pregnant mommy really needs to make sure she’s getting plenty of healthy foods for baby, it’s not terrible to indulge in a sweet every now and then. In fact, it’s encouraged. Before you get your cheesecake out of the fridge, remember that everything is good in moderation. If you find yourself craving a particular sweet often indulge in a few bites of it to calm your craving. If you force yourself to hold out completely, you risk binging later on. Just be sure to keep your indulgence to a minimum. A few bites will be enough to satisfy your craving for the taste.

 

3. Think About the Consequences

Many women are of the thinking they should eat whatever they want during pregnancy. This is definitely not true. Yes, you’re eating for two but one of you is only a few inches long and weighs very little. You don’t have to feed two adults. Every time you want to over-indulge in junk food, think about the consequences first and then decide if you’re ready to go through with it. Junk food during pregnancy can lead to oversized babies (which means mothers will likely need a C-section) and could create future health problems for your child like diabetes and obesity, among other things. Aside from the risks for baby, eating too many unnecessary calories will also make losing the post-baby weight even more challenging for you. While the occasional treat is ok, habitual junk food eating is not. Eat healthy, you both deserve it.

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