WHAT YOU SHOULD EAT DURING PREGNANCY
What does diet during pregnancy mean? When we refer to diet during pregnancy, we are not speaking about restricting calories or trying to lose weight. Dieting to lose weight during pregnancy can be hazardous to you and your baby, especially since a weight loss regimen may restrict important nutrients such as iron, folic acid, and other important vitamins and minerals.
Healthy eating during pregnancy is critical to your baby’s growth and development. In order to get the nutrients you need, you must eat from a variety of food groups, including fruits and vegetables, breads and grains, protein sources and dairy products.
Typically, you will need to consume an extra 300 calories a day.
Fruits and Vegetables:Fruits and vegetables contain many important nutrients for pregnancy especially, Vitamin C and Folic Acid. Pregnant women need at least 70 mg of Vitamin C daily, which is contained in fruits such as oranges and vegetables such as broccoli, tomatoes, and sprouts.
Breads and Grains: Whole grain and enriched products provide important nutrients such as iron, B Vitamins, fibre and some protein, even. You can get the required amount of folic acid from fortified bread and cereal.
Protein:Meat, poultry, fish, eggs and beans contain the protein, B vitamins and iron needed in pregnancy. Iron helps to carry oxygen to your growing baby, and also carries oxygen to your muscles to help avoid symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, irritability and depression.
Dairy Products: Since your developing baby requires a considerable amount of calcium, your body will take calcium from your bones, if you do not consume enough through your diet (which can lead to future problems, such as osteoporosis).