Pregnancy Nutrition Is Essential By Summer Gentille

17 09 2008

You’re pregnant! Now what? Once the newness of the news wears off, the first thing you need to start thinking about is nutrition. It is the most important aspect of the journey of the new life growing inside you. First off this is not the time to start a diet, or to think about losing weight. You will need at least 300 extra calories a day making you daily intake of calories between 1940-2240 calories and it does matter where they come from. Not to mention you need to be drinking at least 8-12 cups of fluids a day (subtracting out caffeine/and sodas because they do not count for your daily total). Also know the foods to avoid. Some foods have risky levels of mercury (like swordfish, shark, king mackerel) and others put you at risk of bacteria related problems (like raw oysters, uncooked eggs, soft cheeses like brie and feta, and deli meats). There are even some vegetables, juices and tea you should avoid, because they can induce labor early. Taking a prenatal vitamin is the best thing for your body along with proper nutrition. Some days you can’t get the recommend key nutrition your growing body needs. It is also recommended by USDA Food Guide Pyramid and the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) for an average pregnant woman, you should strive to consume:

·  6-11 servings of bread, cereal, rice and pasta

·  3-5 servings of vegetables

·  2-4 servings of fruits

·  3-5 servings of milk, yogurt and cheese

·  2-3 servings of meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs and nuts

·  8-12 8-ounce glasses of water, limiting caffeine containing beverages to no more than 2 cups per day.

If you follow the above guidelines not only you will have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby but it can prevent some of the worst (let’s call them non joys of pregnancy) which are morning sickness, heartburn, constipation, leg cramps, swelling. And although you may follow the guidelines to a tee and still have some of these symptoms they will be less serve. So be healthy, be smart and be happy and you will have a happy and healthy pregnancy with minimal unpleasantness and the proper nutrition to help that little one start out on the right journey




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