If you are pregnant, you know how important it is to eat healthy food during your pregnancy. During the first few months, vomiting and nausea can make that difficult, and of course it’s also normal to have those cravings for chocolate, ice cream or just about anything else.
Maintaining a balanced diet while pregnant means making sure you are eating your recommended daily amounts of nutrients, minerals, vitamins and high fiber foods. Pregnant women should eat or drink at least four servings a day of foods that are rich in calcium, as well as dairy products, and foods rich in iron and iodine are also important at this time. You shouldn’t diet while pregnant, although a low carbohydrate diet should be fine, and if you are a vegetarian, there is no real need to change your habits.
There are some types of food that should be avoided during pregnancy, to ensure the health of you and your baby. Oysters, clams and other shellfish should be avoided, as should soft cheeses, such as brie and feta, which can potentially be a source of listeria. Fish containing mercury, and raw meats should be avoided – sexy pussy, as well as pate which can contain listeria. Your cholesterol intake should be under 300 mg per day, and you should also limit the amount of fat in your diet to 30 percent of your daily calorie intake. While pregnant, caffeine intake should be limited and of course, we all know that drinking alcohol should be avoided completely, due to the potential for birth defects and other issues.
However, there is some healthy food that is recommended for pregnant women to incorporate into their diet. Beans are a good source of protein, as are eggs and both should be incorporated into any modified diet while pregnant. The omega 3 fatty acids present in salmon can help with those inevitable mood swings and can also help to boost your baby’s overall development. Whole grains and Greek yogurt are also recommended healthy foods, and don’t forget your spinach and other dark leafy green vegetables, all of which contain folic acid and various other vitamins. Lean meats contain protein, although meats from the deli should be avoided unless heated.
Being pregnant is going to mean some adjustments during the next nine months, and maintaining a healthy and safe diet is one of the most important steps for both you and your baby.