Rabu, 01 Juni 2011

How to Eat for A Healthy Pregnancy

You found out you are pregnant. Never has it been more crucial to eat well. Not
eating well during your pregnancy can increase your risk of complications.
Eating well has never been easier during pregnancy than it is now.

remember that once you hit the second trimester, you should be eating about 300
more calories a day. Calories provide you with the extra energy that your body
needs to grow your baby. Now these extra calories should not give you the right
to chow down on every food in your line of site. After all, it is only 300
calories that your are getting. A glass of milk or one banana equals 100
calories and a slice of whole wheat bread, and ounce of cheese and a half of cup
of grapes equal 200 calories. See how much more you are eating than if you
decide to eat a donut instead.

Remember that you need at least three
servings of protein each day. Protein contains amino acid which is one of the
most important building block for your baby's tissue. Protein is very easy to
come by and your options are endless. You can drink 3 glasses of milk, and you
can have 2 cups of yogurt along with 3 ounces of cheese.

Next, you need
at least four servings of calcium every day. Calcium is going to help grow your
baby's bones and help protect yours. Milk is the best way to get your fill of
calcium, but you can also get your fill of calcium from cheeses, yogurt and even
ice cream.

Aim for at least three servings of vitamin C. Your body does
not store vitamin C so you need a fresh supply of it every day. You can eat
fruit or almost any vegetable to get your vitamin C in. You also want to make
sure you get three to four servings of green leafy and yellow vegetables and
fruits. Most of these veggies and fruits will also count toward your vitamin C
intake, so that is double the benefit.

You should get in one to two
servings of all other fruit and vegetables that are not known for their vitamin
A and C value, but are still good for you all the same. Apples, banana, and
onions are just a few that are in this category. Eat six or more servings of
whole grains and legumes. These are filled with vitamins E and B and they help
you battle constipation. Try eating brown rice, whole wheat breads and even air
popped corn to get your servings of whole grains and legumes in.

one of the most important nutrients you and your body need is iron. Your body's
demand for iron will never be greater than it is while you are pregnant. You
want to make sure you are able to keep up with it. Not enough iron could lead to
anemia so you want to make sure you are getting enough iron. If you feel that
you are not, talk to your doctor and he might be able to prescribe you a iron

It is always a good idea to eat well every day. However when
you are pregnant it is essential that you eat well every day.

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