Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab
4

Intermittent Fasting during Pregnancy?

by (32518)
Updated about 5 hours ago
Created August 08, 2011 at 4:09 PM

I am compiling more Primal/Paleo nutrition info to share with my pregnant clients and am curious if there are any moms on here who had experience with continuing IF during their pregnancy?

Not that I will be recommending IF to my clients, but some have been Primal for awhile, so I know the question will come up.

FYI:I've been successfully IFing (16/8 or 18/6, daily) for 6 months.

C835934198ffe146cb90eebc22c6b8d8
834 · April 01, 2012 at 3:37 PM

DanielleNO812 - I think if you eat a lot of good fats and protein you won't find yourself hungry. And your body will gain what it needs to. Don't worry about the actual number you gain, focus on a healthy baby and momma! Good luck!

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c
1804 · March 30, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Wow 12 lbs??? That's amazing! I'm so afraid of gaining a lot of weight... hoping paleo will be the answer!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab
32518 · February 09, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Thanks for the info. Do you have a link to the original study? Fasting during Ramadan also excludes liquids--something that IFing does not preclude. Restricting liquids will definitely cause fetal stress--especially in the summer.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab
32518 · August 17, 2011 at 10:02 PM

"If my body isn't hungry then I trust it to not steer me wrong. If it's hungry and I'm ignoring that, that sounds like trouble to me." Amen!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab
32518 · August 17, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Jessica~ If you continue to listen to your body, you'll be fine. :)

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea
2825 · August 17, 2011 at 1:43 AM

I've actually been wondering about this, and it's not from a dysmorphic standpoint: I'm planning on training as a yoga teacher and some of the classes are all day, starting with an 8am practice, preferably on an empty stomach. I'm also thinking of trying to get pregnant this year. So there would be these occasions where I'd be essentially fasting through breakfast, and I'd been wondering how that would go down if I were pregnant.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab
32518 · August 12, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Also just read this post by one of my fave bloggers: http://theleansaloon.com/2011/08/07/pregnancy-paleoish-and-intermittent-fasting/

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab
32518 · August 09, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Also, fasting is part of the culture for a large number of pregnant women during Ramadan. I rather doubt that these women have an eating disorder. Here's a link with some advice that is given to pregnant women who choose to fast during Ramadan: http://arabiaenglish.babycenter.com/pregnancy/fasting-ramadan-during-pregnancy/fasting-in-pregnancy/ Ultimately, I see my role as providing information resources so that women can make their own decisions.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab
32518 · August 09, 2011 at 5:08 PM

I guess we see things differently! My (very educated) clients will often ask em about continuing exercise and certain dietary habits during pregnancy. If a Primal/Paleo woman is feeling GOOD IFing when not pregnant, it makes sense to me that she might ask that question. She's already stepped out of mainstream mentality if she is eating Paleo or Primal and IF is part of the Paleo or Primal lifestyle for some people.

2c8c421cf0e0c462654c7dc37f8b9711
2729 · August 09, 2011 at 11:58 AM

My answer still stands. Asking about intentionally IF'ing during pregnancy is a red flag.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab
32518 · August 08, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Thank you for sharing your experience! This is the kind of response I was hoping to receive.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab
32518 · August 08, 2011 at 9:18 PM

I did not say I would be recommending it! Please re-read my question.

Total Views
5.1K

Recent Activity
B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

Last Activity
62D AGO

Followers
0

Get Free Paleo Recipes Instantly

5 Answers

best answer

C835934198ffe146cb90eebc22c6b8d8
3
834 · August 08, 2011 at 5:47 PM

With my last pregnancy (my baby is 8 weeks old) I would eat a really big breakfast of bacon and eggs and that would hold me until dinner time. So technically I fasted during lunch. If the mom is eating enough calories and doesn't feel hungry I say eat when you are hungry and if she isn't hungry don't feel like you HAVE to eat. But if the mom is hungry I say don't deprive yourself and baby of nutrients and calories you made need to build healthy strong baby and placenta. My baby and I turned out fine and healthy. She was delivered at 39 weeks weighing 5 lbs 14 oz. I gained 12 lbs my whole pregnancy eating Paleo/VLC and was never hungry.

Good Luck!

C835934198ffe146cb90eebc22c6b8d8
834 · April 01, 2012 at 3:37 PM

DanielleNO812 - I think if you eat a lot of good fats and protein you won't find yourself hungry. And your body will gain what it needs to. Don't worry about the actual number you gain, focus on a healthy baby and momma! Good luck!

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c
1804 · March 30, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Wow 12 lbs??? That's amazing! I'm so afraid of gaining a lot of weight... hoping paleo will be the answer!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab
32518 · August 12, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Also just read this post by one of my fave bloggers: http://theleansaloon.com/2011/08/07/pregnancy-paleoish-and-intermittent-fasting/

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab
32518 · August 08, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Thank you for sharing your experience! This is the kind of response I was hoping to receive.

2c8c421cf0e0c462654c7dc37f8b9711
6
2729 · August 08, 2011 at 5:53 PM

I would say if a client comes to you asking if she can IF during pregnancy, you should be worried about possible body dysmorphia or eating disorders. If she's just not super hungry and eats to satiety twice a day, that's one thing, but I would be careful advising clients on IF during pregnancy. Sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen if something were to go wrong (even unrelated to the fasting). I don't think skipping meals would necessarily hurt the fetus, but it just doesn't sound like a good idea for you to be recommending it.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab
32518 · August 17, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Jessica~ If you continue to listen to your body, you'll be fine. :)

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea
2825 · August 17, 2011 at 1:43 AM

I've actually been wondering about this, and it's not from a dysmorphic standpoint: I'm planning on training as a yoga teacher and some of the classes are all day, starting with an 8am practice, preferably on an empty stomach. I'm also thinking of trying to get pregnant this year. So there would be these occasions where I'd be essentially fasting through breakfast, and I'd been wondering how that would go down if I were pregnant.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab
32518 · August 09, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Also, fasting is part of the culture for a large number of pregnant women during Ramadan. I rather doubt that these women have an eating disorder. Here's a link with some advice that is given to pregnant women who choose to fast during Ramadan: http://arabiaenglish.babycenter.com/pregnancy/fasting-ramadan-during-pregnancy/fasting-in-pregnancy/ Ultimately, I see my role as providing information resources so that women can make their own decisions.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab
32518 · August 09, 2011 at 5:08 PM

I guess we see things differently! My (very educated) clients will often ask em about continuing exercise and certain dietary habits during pregnancy. If a Primal/Paleo woman is feeling GOOD IFing when not pregnant, it makes sense to me that she might ask that question. She's already stepped out of mainstream mentality if she is eating Paleo or Primal and IF is part of the Paleo or Primal lifestyle for some people.

2c8c421cf0e0c462654c7dc37f8b9711
2729 · August 09, 2011 at 11:58 AM

My answer still stands. Asking about intentionally IF'ing during pregnancy is a red flag.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab
32518 · August 08, 2011 at 9:18 PM

I did not say I would be recommending it! Please re-read my question.

B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493
3
3904 · August 09, 2011 at 5:12 AM

I am working to become pregnant, and, while I fully intend to remain paleo and watch my carb intake, I have no plans to IF, other than what might happen naturally. If I am too nauseous to eat or I'm busy on something and forget to eat a meal I'm not going to worry about it. No intentional IFing though. To me, that goes into a territory I don't want to go into when I'm pregnant. If my body isn't hungry then I trust it to not steer me wrong. If it's hungry and I'm ignoring that, that sounds like trouble to me.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab
32518 · August 17, 2011 at 10:02 PM

"If my body isn't hungry then I trust it to not steer me wrong. If it's hungry and I'm ignoring that, that sounds like trouble to me." Amen!

6371c10e940a25b722ee371c6bde8b37
1
10 · April 12, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Hi I'm 24 years old and 8 weeks prego and have been Ifing for about three months I was 130-40 when I started. I now eat from 12-8, i sleep at 12 every night at 140 wake up at 135 very regularly I never really ate a whole bunch before either (800-1200 calories a day with the occasional weekend eat-out). the fasting pretty much cut out late night snacks for my benefit. My mom had gestational diabetes with all three of her kids but also put no restrictions on her food intake. She has type 2 diabetes now and I'm hoping a moderate control of my diet will help me and baby be happy and strong, I have more energy on this diet even with the occasional bouts of extreme tiredness. About every other morning (since my diet, not pregnancy) I'll feeling hungry (not starving) for about an hour before 12. Feeling hungry is healthy in moderation. I would like to keep with the IFing throughout the pregnancy but I'll probably open my window to 11-9 in third trimester. I don't see why a solid consistent eating cycle would be anything but good for a fetus, of course they're on fetus time. Good luck! Please post your findings.

56646cdf22d4aac4d05dc4bbd10f3489
1
10 · February 09, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Studies have shown that babies who were in utero during Ramadan are smaller and have higher than average instances of learning disabilities into adulthood. This effect is increased when Ramadan falls during the summer and the fasting period is longer. I know it isn't precisely the same as a paleo IF but based on this info I would advise against attempting any kind of fast during pregnancy. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-10927611

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab
32518 · February 09, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Thanks for the info. Do you have a link to the original study? Fasting during Ramadan also excludes liquids--something that IFing does not preclude. Restricting liquids will definitely cause fetal stress--especially in the summer.

Answer Question

Login to Your PaleoHacks Account

Get Free Paleo Recipes