Pregnancy is a time when everyone is concerned about the things you are and are not eating. Ofcourse, there are special considerations during pregnancy and different things to look out for but it is not all that bad.
As a general rule maintaining a healthy and balanced diet during pregnancy is important to ensure the health of both the mother and the developing fetus. Here are some tips on a healthy diet during pregnancy:
- Eat a variety of foods: It is important to consume a variety of foods from all food groups, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Pro tip: Make sure you clean your veg really well before consuming them.
- Increase your calorie intake: During pregnancy, you need to consume more calories than usual. However, it is important to avoid overeating and to choose high nutrient foods. The whole “eating for two” thing however, is not what we think it is. It usually means one additional slice of bread or so. But still enjoy yourself!
- Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water and other fluids is essential to help your body function properly and to prevent dehydration.
- Take prenatal vitamins: Prenatal vitamins can help ensure that you and your baby are getting all the necessary nutrients, especially folic acid, which can help prevent birth defects in the first trimester.
- Avoid certain foods: Certain foods should be avoided during pregnancy, including raw or undercooked meat, fish with high levels of mercury such as tuna (although you can have a bit of tuna in moderation), unpasteurized dairy products and some types of seafood.
- Limit caffeine and alcohol: It is recommended to limit caffeine intake and avoid alcohol during pregnancy. One cup of caffeinated coffee a day can be acceptable but just remember not to overdo it! Caffeine is addictive!
- Listen to your body: Pay attention to your body’s needs and eat when you’re hungry. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about any concerns or questions you have about your diet during pregnancy.
A good tip is to snack! Especially in the first trimester when you are suffering from nausea and all those other lovely pregnancy symptoms. Eating little and often can be a good way to combat those symptoms.
For more information like this please join our pregnancy education classes at Hera Family Care with our highly trained and skilled midwife who can speak to you about all these things!