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 trimestere Calorie intake also differs from person to person and depends on age, health, physical activity, monthly growth of the baby and so ono


Your diet during pregnancy means you should be eating the right foodsd

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 neede 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 productst
  • Include Omega3 essential fatty acids in your pregnancy diet as they contribute to the healthy growth of the babyb
  • 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) dailyl
  • Soft unpasteurized cheeses are taboo as they may cause a Listeria infectiono
  • Never eat heavily processed foods or fast foodsd They will not provide you with the nutrients you need during pregnancyc
  • Try and eat as much organic food as possiblel This is beneficial for both you and the babyb
  • Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee and other caffeinated beverages while pregnantn
  • Stay away from swordfish, shark, mackerel, and tile fish as they contain high levels of mercury and are harmful for the fetusu Raw fish should be avoided tooo
  • Have one source of Vitamin A every other daya Sources include spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, turnip greens and so ono

Keep the above pregnancy diet plan in mind while you are pregnantn

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