How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy
Eating healthy is very important during pregnancy, especially for the health of the baby. Starting off your pregnancy with a healthy well balanced diet is the best thing you can do for yourself and your baby. This way, you will only need to make a few adjustments during your pregnancy.
Here are some healthy eating tips for you during your pregnancy.
>>> Your First Trimester
During your first trimester, you may find it hard to maintain a balanced diet; you can be rest assured that you are not the only one experiencing this. Due to queasiness, some women will eat all of the time and gain a lot weight in the process of doing so.
Also, some women have trouble with getting food down and afterwards lose weight.
Prevention of dehydration and malnutrition should be your main objective during your first trimester.
>>> Calories Intake
As a pregnant woman, you need to consume 300 calories more than your usual calories in take every day. The best way to go about this, is to listen to your body when you are feeling hungry, you should try to eat as many food as possible from the bottom of the food pyramid. If you are gaining weight too slow, you should try eating small meals and slightly increase the fat in your diets.
Also, you should always eat whenever you are hungry, as you are now eating for two instead of one.
>>> Calcium Intake
You will need about 1,500 milligrams of calcium daily for your bones and your baby by the second trimester, and this is more than a quart of milk.
Calcium is one nutrient that is missing from many diets. Milk is a good source of calcium and apart from milk, you may find calcium in dairy products, calcium fortified juices and drinks and also calcium tablets.
>>> Fiber Intake
Fiber can help prevent constipation, which is a common pregnancy problem; you can find fiber in whole grains, fruits and vegetables. You may also use fiber supplements, which are also safe to take during pregnancy.
>>> Protein Intake
Unless you are a very strict vegetarian, your protein intake is not usually a problem for pregnant women who eat a healthy diet.
>>> Iron Intake
A lot of women usually start off their pregnancy with a bit of iron deficiency. There are good sources of iron which include: dark leafy Green vegetables and meats. Iron supplements should be avoided, because they can cause internal symptoms like cramping, constipation, or diarrhea.
>>> Vitamin Intake
To know the needed vitamins you should have in your diet, you should discuss prenatal vitamins with your doctor. Folate is one of the most important, and if you are getting enough of it, you may be able to avoid vitamins all together; just ask your doctor to make sure.