Eating during pregnancy can be a tricky topic. You wouldn’t think that it would be very difficult, but it can be. At the beginning of a pregnancy, a woman is often faced with morning sickness, and eating can be a hard task in and of itself. Later in the pregnancy, a woman can develop cravings, and they aren’t always for the healthiest of foods! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Also, pregnancy changes taste buds and can also create food aversions, making healthy foods look less than appetizing. However, eating right during pregnancy is very important to make sure that both mother and baby get the nutrients that they both need. Read on for some tips on what to remember about eating during pregnancy.
There are many different things that a pregnant woman needs in her diet to make sure that she is getting the nutrients that her body (and her baby’s body!) needs to grow and develop properly.
Fruits and veggies, of course, are very important. Pregnant women should aim for five servings minimum of fruits and/or veggies each day.
Starchy carbs are important too, since they give pregnant women that energy boost that they so desperately need.
Another important thing for a pregnant woman’s diet is protein. Lean proteins like fish and chicken are best.
Fiber is one of the most important parts of a pregnancy diet. Pregnant women are notoriously constipated, and fiber can help with that issue. Fiber can also help prevent pesky hemorrhoids, also notorious in pregnant women!
Calcium is another very important nutrient for pregnant women, and full fat dairy foods are a great way to make sure there is enough calcium in the diet.
Iron is probably the most important nutrient of all to make sure that a pregnancy diet includes. Iron deficiency carries with it risks of premature labor, preterm birth, miscarriage, low birth weight, postpartum depression, and even newborn death. Getting enough iron during pregnancy is vital.
There are also several foods that pregnant women should avoid during pregnancy. Fish that can potentially contain high levels of mercury should be avoided during pregnancy. Shark, swordfish, king mackerel and albacore tuna are all fish varieties that should be avoided.
Sushi should also be avoided, along with any other raw or under cooked meats. Pregnant women will have to say goodbye to the rare steaks for awhile! Soft cheeses such as brie, and feta are unpasteurized and should be avoided since they can carry harmful bacteria.
Also make sure to wash all fruits and veggies thoroughly and make sure to avoid salad bars where you aren’t sure how clean the produce is. Another obvious one is raw eggs, but they should always be avoided due to the salmonella risk.
Obviously, alcohol is also off limits during pregnancy. Caffeine, while not completely off limits, should be used sparingly. Everything else, like junk food, fast foods, etc, should be moderated during pregnancy. All in all, women should try to keep their diets as healthy as possible during pregnancy.