Eating Healthy During Pregnancy
Eating Healthy During Pregnancy.
It's more important than ever for a woman to eat properly and take care of her body, than at any other time in her life.
Eating properly is necessary for the health of not only the mother, but the growth and health of the unborn baby.
It's also important to exercise regularly so that the nine months of pregnancy are physically as easy as possible.
Besides a good diet it is important to take vitamin and mineral supplements. These supplements become essential as the mother requires it for two people. A healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby is what every mother wishes for.
A pregnant mother also needs to take iron, calcium and folium supplements. All these supplements are very important for the full and healthy development of the baby.
You have to ensure that these all are also a part of your regular diet. You should only take the required amounts and eat a balanced diet.
A good, healthy and a balanced breakfast to start the day goes far in keeping you well nourished. Many women experience constipation while they are pregnant.
To avoid the risk of constipation you can eat foods that are high in fiber and also drink at least eight glasses of water each day. Exercising each day will also help in the prevention of constipation.
There are some foods that you should during pregnancy. Soft cheeses taste great but also may contain a bacteria called Listeria in addition to offering a limited amount of calcium and other nutrition.
You should also limit your exposure to eating certain types of fish (like tuna) that are high in mercury.
Of course, alcohol should be avoided at all costs since it can harm the growth of your unborn baby. When you're pregnant you'll want to make sure that you don't gain too much extra weight.
A good way to make sure that you don't gain too much weight is to remember that you only need an additional 300 calories each day while you're pregnant.
Therefore, in total, you should be eating about 1,900 to 2,500 calories each day, depending on your height.
The last thing that you want to do is gain too much weight since this can put a strain on your pregnancy as well as make it harder for you to get into shape after the birth of your baby.
The extra 300 calories that you consume each day should be calories that are packed full of vitamins and nutrition.
Some good choices for additional calories are foods such as nonfat yogurt, wholegrain toast and peanut butter, fruit salads topped with yogurt, or low fat granola with skim milk.
By concentrating on what you eat, and combining that with an exercise routine that keeps your body toned and stretched, you'll have a healthy pregnancy from conception to delivery.
Your doctor can give you advice at your regular appointments about specific things in your pregnancy, since every woman is different.
Don't forget to take care of your mental health while you're pregnant. It's just as important for you to remain emotionally healthy, since the way you feel is often reflected in what you eat.
There are many books out there that offer more guidelines for a healthy pregnancy so be sure that you check out your local bookstore for more reading material about what to expect.
author of Eating During Pregnancy is Debra Evant
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