During pregnancy, it is essential to do all you can to remain healthy since you are not only thinking about yourself but also of another life growing inside you.
You will be required to eat extra so as to fulfill your nutritional needs and those of your unborn child. Eating healthy does not mean gaining excess weight that you do not require, but it means taking the right types of food to get the required nutrients
Almost all kinds of food contain nutrients, although some have a higher nutrient content than others. Junk foods have calories, but they contribute petite to the health of your body. Foods that are dense in nutrients give lots of nutrients to the body in a small quantity and for a valid number of calories.
Eating nutrient-dense foods that will provide the nutrients and the calories you require is the primary key to healthy eating during pregnancy.
Liking and disliking some foods is part of every human being and especially expecting mothers. So if you come to hate broccoli why not find other foods with similar nutrients and have quality in nutritional referred as “crossover?”
All pregnant women require fiber in order to enhance the waste passage via the intestines which are slowed down. For you to achieve healthy eating, your diet must contain foods with generous amounts of fiber, the likes of whole grains, beans, raw fruits, and vegetables. Not to mention the P foods such as plums, prunes, psyllium, peaches and pears.
It is essential to put a lot of consideration on what you eat. Most expectant women have this idea of “eating for two” in their minds, while studies indicate that in a day they require 200-300 extra calories.
The only important thing is ensuring that you get the necessary vitamins, proteins, and minerals needed to build up the fetus. Also, to aid in keeping away constipation, increase the intake of water.
Morning sickness is very common during pregnancy. If it occurs, the last thing you want is eating, but you have to make an effort by taking a little frequently.
You can attempt eating five small plates of protein and whole grain foods in a day.
Find meals containing ginger and remember to avoid the ones with much sugar. A cup of ginger tea or a good ginger biscuit aids in relieving nausea.
Maintaining the right balance in your blood sugar is vital. Watch out for food items such as sweets and cakes as they result to an insulin spike which leads to low blood sugar causing nausea all over again.
Taking mineral supplements and multivitamins is an excellent idea as they are specifically recommended for pregnant women. If possible, the intake should be prior getting pregnant and carried on all through the pregnancy.
Taking enough vitamins is crucial from when you conceive for example lack of either the folic acid or B vitamins in the first trimester can result in the child being born with congenital heart disease, spina bifida or cleft lip.
Omega-3 fatty acids – found in flaxseed oil, spinach, oily fish, spirulina and walnuts- aid in the eyes and brain development of the baby and even decreases the risk of post-natal despair and premature birth.
Many think pregnancy period is the time to sit still and just eat but what they do not know is walking for an hour in a day is good for both mind and body. Exercising will help to burn the excess stored fat.
Besides, it stimulates the production of endorphin hormones in the body and improves your overall health. A combination of healthy eating and exercises will help in controlling your weight and also provide you with peace of mind and the energy you require.
Having a new life growing inside you is miraculous, that’s why you need to put extra effort to ensure your “miracle” remains healthy before it is in your arms.
Note: Some women experience spotting or bleeding around one week – 10 days after ovulation this is called implantation bleeding and is a good sign of early pregnancy. Do not be alarmed, but if you experience a heavy flow, you should consult with your doctor immediately.
Guest Post by Kelley Lawless