What to eat when pregnant first trimester?

(September 13, 2012)

What foods to eat and avoid during first trimester of pregnancy?

During the first trimester of your pregnancy, there are a number of do's and don'ts that you need to be particularly careful to follow. Being the first trimester of your pregnancy, the developing fetus is extremely fragile and knowing what foods to eat during the first trimester is very important. Fruits and vegetables are highly recommended for their nutritional value and vitamin content, thereby assisting in complete development of the growing fetus. Apart from the importance of the foods that are eaten during the first trimester of a pregnancy, it is also important that these foods be hygienically prepared. Consuming contaminated foods will result in violent bouts of vomiting or purging that put undue pressure on the fragile pregnancy, causing a miscarriage. Similarly, there are also foods to avoid during pregnancy first trimester periods. Certain fruits, such as papaya and pomegranate should be avoided because of their tendency to cause complications in the pregnancy. Correct nutrition during the first trimester of the pregnancy is as important as nutrition given to the child after birth. The expectant mother's diet must contain foods that have rich mineral and vitamin sources, thereby helping to completely develop the child being carried in the womb.

Submitted by J on September 13, 2012 at 07:38

What are the best foods to eat during the first trimester of pregnancy?

When you are pregnant, there are various things that you need to think about before you undertake to do certain kinds of tasks. Similarly, knowing what to eat and what not to eat during your early pregnancy are equally important aspects that should not be overlooked. The best foods to eat during the first trimester are vegetables and fruits that provide wholesome nutrition to you and your developing child. Consuming healthy food during the first trimester is very important because contaminated foods can lead to upset stomach and other health complications that place undue pressure on the developing fetus, further leading to the possibility of a miscarriage. Fruits and vegetables not only provide the body with the required nutrients for good growth, but they also provide roughage for the mother’s body, to ensure that the digestive system functions normally. Dry fruits and nuts are some of the best foods to eat before the first trimester because they provide vital nutrients for growth. Knowing what foods to consume during the first trimester is equally important as knowing how these foods are processed. Foods processed under hygienic condition are safely recommended for consumption because they have minimal chances of being carriers of germs that could cause illnesses.

Submitted by N H on December 20, 2011 at 05:26

What diet should you follow during first trimester?

Knowing what diet to follow during your first trimester is extremely important because the foods that are consumed by the mother are the primary source of nourishment for the developing child. For a pregnancy diet, first trimester foods would include fruits and vegetable that provides adequate nutrition to the child in order to develop a strong immune system. Besides this, the fibrous content of fruits and vegetables helps to keep the digestive system of the mother’s body functioning smoothly and without any trouble. Maintaining your diet during pregnancy first trimester is vital to the growth and development of the fetus that you are carrying in your womb. A well balanced diet that provides every source of nutrition for your child is extremely important and detrimental to the growth and development that will take place in the latter stages of the pregnancy as well. The consumption of water is a very important part of the diet during the first trimester. During the early stages of the pregnancy, most expectant mothers experience morning sickness caused by the hormonal imbalance in the body. The feeling of not wanting to eat is going to catch up with you, but it is important that you consume a certain amount of food each day, that provides your baby with vitamins and nutrients that important for complete development.

Submitted by N on October 12, 2011 at 04:56

First Trimester Foods

The first trimester of pregnancy is a very important phase and your diet during this period is also crucial to your baby’s growth and development. The first reaction to a positive pregnancy test is generally immense happiness which is quickly followed by anxiety over diet, exercise, hygiene measures, choice of clothing, and various other aspects. It is completely normal to experience such emotions but it is important that you do not allow them to overwhelm you. It is best to follow a schedule for the next nine months as this will help to prevent chaos and anxiety. A diet plan for the first trimester of pregnancy is an ideal way to make sure that you get the nutrients you require with the minimum about of bother. Keep in mind that rest and relaxation is important to both you and your child and so you should stick to your schedule. You can make a diet plan along with your partner when you start trying to conceive or once you find out that you are pregnant. This project is also a great bonding activity as you and your partner devise a diet plan. A diet plan for the first trimester should contain certain essential nutrients.      

Your first trimester diet plan should contain foods that are rich in Folate or Folic acid. This nutrient is essential in the prevention of Neural Tube Defects and it also helps to increase the pregnant woman’s blood volume. Foods that are rich in folate include kidney beans and black-eyed peas, broccoli, beets, spinach, lettuce, and avocados. Your doctor will probably also suggest folate supplements for the first three months of pregnancy. Folate supplements are also recommended for women who are trying to conceive. Iron is another important nutrient that should be included in a first trimester diet plan. This is because anemia during pregnancy is a very common problem and a diet that contains plenty of iron rich foods will help to prevent anemia. Good sources of iron include beets, lentils, spinach, oatmeal, and lima beans. Liver is also an excellent source of iron but it should be consumed sparingly if you are pregnant.  Calcium too is very important at this stage as it is essential for the proper development of your baby. Foods that are rich in calcium include dairy products, spinach, and turnips.

Your diet plan should not be very bland ort else you may binge. However, instead of consuming spicy foods, you can use various fruits and vegetables to add flavor to your meals. For instance, instead of sprinkling your salad with powdered pepper corns, you can pour a little apple or pear juice over it and sprinkle it with crushed nuts. This will help to create interesting new flavors.   

Submitted by P T on July 21, 2010 at 06:29

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