15 May 2015

A Healthy Preganacy

We as women tend to struggle keeping a healthy diet. Between work, or children, or just everyday life it's kind of hard to do so. But when we become pregnant maintaining a healthy diet becomes a number one priority. Not only do we have ourselves to keep healthy but we also have the baby.

Have you ever been at the point where raising your head from the pillow is hardest thing you have to deal with in the morning, dragging your feet is the order of the day and going to bed is your greatest desire when you get home? Does it ring a bell? Pregnancy is more of climbing a hill without prior training. To some extent, it is like carrying a tote bag everyday with additional weight in it. It is not easy!

It is important that you change your diet. A lot of sugar, salt, sushi, alcohol, and soda if you already drink any. Pregnant woman need more iron, folic acid, protein, and more calories for energy. But if it's hard for you to eat foods that contain all of these things, you would want to take prenatal vitamins (which you should be taking already anyway).

Some pregnant women get eating healthy mistaken with eating more. If your weight healthy during your first trimester than you don't need any extra calories. In the second trimester you need about 300 extra calories in a day, and in your third trimester you need about 450 extra calories in a day.

You should stay away from raw seafood, unpasteurized milk and cheese made from unpasteurized milk, and uncooked poultry or meat. They all contain bacteria that can possibly harm an unborn child. Almost all fish contain traces of methyl mercury, a metal that can be harmful to the babies growing brain. The FDA suggests that you should limit your intake of fish to about 12 ounces a week, which are about two servings.

Try to stay away from starchy foods, which are breads, pastas, potatoes, and rice. Try to use products made with wholegrain. And fruits and vegetables are very important also, they are a natural source of vitamins and nutrients. It is ok to consume some sweets while pregnant but it shouldn't be a permanent factor in your diet. It's normal for pregnant women to get cravings but you should try to watch your junk food intake. You can try eating frozen yogurts, fruit sorbets, trail mix, or even drinking smoothies, these are guaranteed to help with those sugary cravings you're having.

Alcohol is a big no during pregnancy. It has been proven that alcohol during pregnancy causes birth defects, learning disabilities, and emotional problems in children. So it is recommended that you give up alcohol during pregnancy. You should also skip caffeinated beverages, such as soda and coffee. Studies say that women who consume 200 or more milligrams of caffeine are more likely to miscarry than women who consume no caffeine.

Being pregnant can be fun for some but then very hard to deal with for others. But if you try and maintain a healthy diet during your pregnancy it will be a piece of cake. What most women don't realize is that it all starts within. What you put in your body can determine how your child is born and possibly even how they function after their birth.

So keep in mind these tips on how to maintain a healthy diet during pregnancy and you and your baby will be healthy.

Ela Sharma is a big time fan of technology and a fashion freak like all the girls. Occasionally writes about technology and marketing. Maintains a Facebook page and a blog life works online where you have a peep into latest fashion trends, beauty secrets, upcoming new styles and beauty essentials.

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