Pregnancy Diet – Eating Healthy Is Important

by admin on March 23, 2011


Being a mother is probably the best thing that a woman experience in her entire life. This is the time when she needs the best care possible from her hubby as well as the family. Doctors always suggest that apart from the medications it is the right balance of love and care that keeps a pregnant lady happy. Although the pregnant women suffer from vomiting and nausea during the initial months and it makes the intake of food a bit difficult for them but it is still advisable to maintain a good balance diet with proper amount of vitamins.

A pregnancy diet should be one that will be sufficient for satisfying your appetite as well as keep on monitoring the weight. Weight gain during pregnancy is quite normal and many women even gain around 10-12 kg of weight when they are pregnant.

The following tips have been provided to you so that you can maintain a balanced pregnancy diet plan for staying healthy:

  • A variety of foods should be eaten to ensure that all kind of nutrients are provided to the body. It is recommended by good doctors that your daily meals should contain breads, grains, enough fruits,  vegetables, dairy products, sources of protein like poultry, meat, eggs, fish, nuts etc. Intake of fats and sweets can be done at times.

You may suffer from the tendency of vomiting during pregnancy so it is suggested that a small amount of food should be taken a number of times.

  • Foods that are quite high in fiber like cereals, rice, pasta, whole-grain breads, vegetables and fruits should be chosen.
  • Dairy products, calcium rich foods as well iron rich foods should be taken daily to ensure that calcium and iron are present in your daily pregnancy diet.
  • Even minerals and vitamins should be present in right amount in your diet. Consult your doctor for a prenatal vitamin supplement to ensure the proper intake of vitamins regularly.
  • It has been known that about 70mg of vitamin C is required by pregnant women. So you should make it a point to choose one good vitamin C source daily such as grapefruits, oranges, honeydew, strawberries, papaya, cauliflower, green peppers, mustard greens and tomatoes.
  • Folic acid sources like legumes, green leafy vegetables should be an essential part of your diet. Neutral tube defects can be prevented with daily intake of around 0.4 mg folic acid daily. Vitamin A should also be taken every other day. These may include pumpkins, carrots, sweet potatoes, turnip greens, apricots etc.

However, it is also very important to know what foods to avoid during pregnancy. You should know that dieting or the tendency to lose weight is very harmful during pregnancy. Proper nutrients are very necessary for you as well your baby. So you must ensure that you have a healthy and well balanced pregnancy diet. Not only that, the diet should be followed regularly to have a healthiest and nutritious pregnancy.

Those who are concerned about their weight gain during pregnancy; they should know that mothers lose a bit of weight in the first week once the baby is born.

Recently, I came across an eBook called Pregnancy without Pounds by Michelle Moss which teaches how to look good during pregnancy as well as after that. The writer, being a health coach, nutritionist herself gives you advices on losing weight by eating right and healthy. This book has proved to be very beneficial for pregnant mothers who remains concerned about their health gain.

The Pregnancy Diet [Book] – Price: $1, Seller: Pocket Books – Description: Are you worried about gaining too much weight when you’re pregnant or not losing enough weight after the baby arrives?Let’s face it: to make sure you and your baby are as healthy as possible,you need to be concerned with eating right while you’re expecting.

The Green Pregnancy Diet: Healthy Eating for Mommy, Baby – Price: $12, Seller: iUniverse.com-Description: It’s important to your health and that of your baby to get the nutrients you need and avoid the chemicals you don’t. Plus, you want to help preserve the safety of the planet now that you’re bringing a child into the world. But what should you do and where can you start? The Green Pregnancy Diet makes it easy to adapt green eating habits by providing the tips and tools you need.

Program Your Baby’s Health: The Pregnancy Diet for Your Child – Price: $4, Seller: Ballantine Books – Description: The most important period of your child s health is the nine months before birth. Cutting edge research in a new field known as metabolic programming reveals a startling new fact: what a mother eats during pregnancy has a far greater effect on her child s future development, overall health, and resistance to disease than was previously thought.

The post-pregnancy diet: how to regain your figure after your baby is born – Price: $1, Seller: New American Library – Description: Provides new mothers with a healthy diet that can aid in the loss of extra pounds and inches gained during pregnancy, with recipes and menu plans that will not jeopardize a mother’s milk supply.

The gift of health: the complete pregnancy diet for your baby – Price: $4, Seller: Simon & Schuster – Description: A groundbreaking approach to nutrition for pregnancy explains how pregnant women can promote a child’s lifelong health and well-being by choosing a diet designed to reduce susceptibility to diseases in adulthood, maximize nutrient intake, prevent under-nutrition, and prevent excessive weight gain. Original.

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