What you eat while you are pregnant does make a difference-A difference lasts a lifetime!
"Will my diet harm my baby?" The question always asked..
It is very important that your baby get proper nutrition from the foods you eat.Oftentimes, the focus of weight gain during pregnancy is targeted at the potential problems related to gaining too much weight. This can scare many pregnant women into eating too little, in an effort to limit or prevent excess weight gain. However, it is equally as important that woman gain enough weight. It is very important that your baby get proper nutrition from the foods you eat. Dieting or limiting food intake during pregnancy is not a wise idea.
Recommendations for healthy weight gain during pregnancy are based on your weight before you became pregnant. Women who are at “normal” weight when they become pregnant are advised to gain 25 – 35 pounds during their pregnancies. Likewise, experts advise women who are “underweight” when they become pregnant to gain 28–40 pounds during their pregnancies.
Healthy eating and healthy weight gain result in many positive pregnancy benefits. Gaining a healthy amount of weight:
•Counteracts your baby’s susceptibility to infection and birth defects caused by low birth weight
•Decreases your risk for complications such as anemia and pre-eclampsia
•Reduces the risk of pre-term labor and delivery
•Helps to ensure a healthy birth weight for your baby, which decreases his risk of delayed development, disease, and mortality during the first few months of life.
The nutrients of special importance during pregnancy don’t vary depending on what your diet is, they remain important.Calcium, float, iron, protien, vitamin B12 andD, and zinc are the nutritional considerations that all mothers should keep in mind.
Pregnant woman need to meet these daily minimum serving requirements:
•Dairy Group: 3 servings (low-fat products are the best choice)
•Protein Group: 2-3 servings (select low-fat, lean meats and legumes)
•Grain Group: 6-8 servings (whole grain products are best)
•Vegetable Group: 3-5 servings
•Fruit Group: 2-4 servings
Here are 5 Comfort Foods that are actually good for you:
Yogurt (with fruit)
The frozen variety tastes pretty similar to its ice cream counterpart, only with less fat. By adding fruit, you''re only adding more minerals and vitamins.
This is the perfect cure for anyone with a sweet tooth. Amazingly, even if you don''t normally like fruit, you will probably still enjoy this blend of fruit, juice and yogurt.
Chicken noodle soup
This blend of noodles, chicken chunks and veggies in a steaming hot bowl will give you the energy you need.
Forget caffeine-charged coffee; oatmeal is all you need for a hot breakfast that will leave you energized for hours to come.
A blend of many vegetables, including tomatoes, it''s great when you''re not very hungry or when
you''re on the go.
Energy drinks, artificial sweeteners and flavors and food high in cholesterol should be avoided. The idea is to take the right food and the right amount of it.
Remember, you body uses food for energy.As long as you are meeting your nutrient needs and getting exercise as advised by your physician,it ensure a healthy baby.