You already know how important it is to eat a well-balanced diet, but it is even more important when you’re pregnant. Keep in mind now you’re actually eating for two. Whatever you eat, the baby eats as well. In fact the baby actually ‘shares’ everything you eat, so you have to eat enough for both of you. The healthier you eat the better it is for the pregnancy and for you.
It’s imperative to never miss a meal while you are pregnant, especially breakfast.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and your baby has probably been waiting since he/she woke up in the middle of the night. If you wait a long time before eating in the morning, you start to feel sick. That ‘sick’ feeling is your body telling you to eat.
Make sure that you’re getting enough of the food and nutrients you both need daily. It takes 4-6 servings of dairy a day for a healthy pregnancy, and this can include some cheeses, milk and yogurt. This provides the baby with calcium that he/she will need to develop healthy growing bones. Adding extra calcium to your diet wouldn’t hurt you either, especially for your teeth and bones.
Don’t forget about your fruit and vegetables. Lots of green is always a good thing, so are sweet potatoes. Not only are you giving your body what it needs, but you’ll start to have more energy.
Try laying off the sweets for a week and replace them with healthier items, and see how alive you feel.
Foods to Avoid While You’re Pregnant
Not all foods are safe during your pregnancy, there are a few things you should completely avoid eating:
– unpasteurized products – brie
Certain fish; exotic, shark, swordfish, anything high in mercury
– Raw eggs
Undercooked meats– lunch meats. If you are buying a deli sandwich you can ask for them to eat the meat up a little.
Caffeine; soda, chocolate
If you find this difficult you can wean yourself off, but the less caffeine you have coursing through your system, the better it is for your baby.
If you’re ever unsure of which foods you can eat while pregnant, you can ask your doctor for a list of items to avoid during pregnancy. They’ll be more than happy to share this with you.
You may also find that your stomach won’t handle certain foods that it did before. Some of those foods might include foods that contain grease, fast foods, meat, and certain foods that have a strong odor.
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to cut out all the fun in your life. You can still treat yourself from time to time. Go out and get a frozen yogurt or a smoothie.
While you’re making sure that you get enough to eat throughout the day, that doesn’t mean that you should forget about your fluid intake. You’ll need lots of water and juices for your entire pregnancy. The baby will thank you later.
Who knows, you might discover that you really enjoy eating healthier, and continue doing it even after the baby is born 🙂
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