Pregnancy Diet For a Healthy Baby
Submitted by Nick on January 17, 2012
A pregnant woman will get a great deal of advice on what to eat and what not to when pregnant. Following a healthy pregnancy diet for all nine months is essential as the mother supplies all the essential nutrients for the baby. A mother to be is responsible for the health of her unborn child. It is also important for her to eat well as she needs to look after herself too. The first step while planning a pregnancy diet is knowing just how much to eat each day. It is advisable to consume about 300 more calories per day than you did before you fell pregnant. Keep in mind that your calorie intake is shared with your baby, so you may require more...
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...calories than this by the time you are in your last trimester. Calorie intake also differs from person to person and depends on age, health, physical activity, monthly growth of the baby and so on. Your diet during pregnancy means you should be eating the right foods.
Here are some tips for planning a healthy pregnancy meal plan:-
- Ensure that your pregnancy diet is varied so as to give you all the nutrients you need. This includes 2-4 servings of fruit, 4 or more servings of vegetables, 6-11 servings of bread and grains, 3 servings of sources of protein (fish, meat, poultry, eggs or nuts) and 4 servings of dairy products.
- Include Omega3 essential fatty acids in your pregnancy diet as they contribute to the healthy growth of the baby.
- Have at least one good source of folic acid (dark green leafy vegetables) and one good source of Vitamin C (oranges, papaya, broccoli, Brussel sprouts) daily.
- Soft unpasteurized cheeses are taboo as they may cause a Listeria infection.
- Never eat heavily processed foods or fast foods. They will not provide you with the nutrients you need during pregnancy.
- Try and eat as much organic food as possible. This is beneficial for both you and the baby.
- Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee and other caffeinated beverages while pregnant.
- Stay away from swordfish, shark, mackerel, and tile fish as they contain high levels of mercury and are harmful for the fetus. Raw fish should be avoided too.
- Have one source of Vitamin A every other day. Sources include spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, turnip greens and so on.
Keep the above pregnancy diet plan in mind while you are pregnant.
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