Slow Down Pregnancy Weight Gain by Changing Only One Habit
I needed to slow down pregnancy weight gain. I started this one habit when I had been gaining weight too quickly during my current pregnancy. I had gotten a “talking to” about gaining too fast and the dangers of that. The result? After a month, my doctor gave me an “A” at my next visit for weight gain, baby growth, and all other aspects. I only started doing one thing: Eating two apples a day, at night. Here’s why I think it slowed down my weight gain.
1. Apples are hydrating. Hunger and cravings are sometimes confused for thirst. Especially during pregnancy, we get extra thirsty. Eating those juicy apples really satisfied this possibly misplaced craving.
2. Apples are low in calories- between 50 and 75 calories in a whole apple. I was watching my caloric intake and substituting apples instead of other nighttime snacks really reduced the number of calories I ate each day. I might still have a couple chocolates but not near as many.
3. Apples are full of fiber, aka filling. “Foods high in fibre will fill you up without costing you too many calories.” This has many other benefits that are helpful during pregnancy such as keeping you regular.
4. Apples take time. At night, I will slice the apple into thin slices. This way, I can still mindlessly nibble while watching television, but my snacking is beneficial rather than adding to pregnancy weight gain. Not only does it take time to wash and cut the apples, eating them can also be a time-consuming process with them sliced this way.
The benefits of eating apples are well documented and include things like detox, boosting immune system, and improving heart health. That’s great. But I’m especially thankful that they saved me anymore “talks” from the doc.