What to Eat During Pregnancy?

Practicing good nutrition is important in your everyday live, but becomes essential before during and after pregnancy because what you eat during pregnancy is very important. Being pregnant is very physically demanding and there’s such a rapid acceleration of tissue growth and, as a result, a rapid acceleration of free radical damage (oxidative stress). By getting the nutrition that your body needs will not only produce a healthier moms but also a healthier baby!

A study done and the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, found that women while pregnant that participated in healthy eating habits, had fewer caesarean deliveries, fewer premature deliveries and a much less incidents of preeclampsia. They also noted that their newborns of these moms tended to have a higher birth weights, a lower incidence of respiratory distress syndrome and fewer admissions the NICU units.

What You Should Eat During Pregnancy

So what is best for Mom and Baby? First, a good variety in your diet is a great place to start. Eating more whole grains, fruits, vegetables as well as foods rich in protein. Protein is the building block of every cell in your baby’s body, and studies show that adequate protein intake (75 grams a day or more) can protect you against problems with eclampsia (pregnancy induced hypertension). Staying hydrated as so many benefits as our body is 50 to 65 percent water and an infant is up to 70 percent! So make sure you get anywhere between 64 to 72 ounces of water each day. This can avoid early labor, healthier skin and can decrease constipation and swelling.

During Pregnancy "Eat Small"

Eating smaller and more frequent meals, or grazing as they call it can also help level out blood sugar levels and make mom feel less nausea and helps with that heartburn feeling you get. Eating well during pregnancy will ensure that the pounds gained go towards the benefit of the baby. You should never diet or restrict foods without discussing with your doctor first. You are also preparing your body to nurse and have an adequate supply of milk once baby arrives and you can’t do that if you’re restricting your intake of good food and nutrition!

What to Eat During Pregnancy

Remember to eat foods that are as close to the source of the original food the better. For example, eat more fresh fruits and vegetables rather than canned or frozen and try to stay away from fast foods as well as fatty foods. Vitamins’ or supplements are not meant to replace foods you eat but rather they are an addition to your diet to ensure your intake of nutrition is to the highest.

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