Starting With The Basic Pregnancy Diet Information
Now that you are carrying another life inside of you, your body is going to need some extra nutrition. Eating a healthy diet rich in essential vitamins and minerals is essential to the growth and development of your baby, and it could also improve the health of your baby in later life. Studies have shown that eating a diet rich in choline and folate and other substances while pregnant can significantly reduce the chances that your baby will have developmental problems.
Of course, sticking to a healthy diet is not easy, especially during pregnancy, but with so much at stake, it really is essential. Here are some tips to help you plan your pregnancy diet.
Healthy Eating Literature
There are countless books out there that can teach you about nutrition, and many have been written with pregnant women in mind. In fact, the number of pregnancy and ‘mother and baby’ books on the market is quite astonishing, and they cover every aspect of postnatal and prenatal development. With so much advice available, it can be difficult to decide which to take, but you should have no problem finding something that addresses your specific needs.
If you aren’t sure where to start, the USDA have produced a simple guide to healthy eating called “MyPlate.” It explains in clear terms how to plan a balanced diet.
Changing Your Habits
If you were eating a healthy, balanced diet before you became pregnant then you probably won’t need to make too many changes. Your portions will need to increase over time as you begin eating for two, and your body will start to crave some additional nutrients, but what’s good for the goose is generally good for the gander, so you should already be on the right track. If you are not normally a healthy eater, however, your pregnancy means it’s time to change. Cutting out indulgence foods and switching to healthy meals is never an easy transition, but the good news is that you now have a reason to stay motivated.
Variety is the Spice of Life
If you are not normally a healthy eater, you probably subscribe to the idea that healthy food is bland food. This really isn’t true. Introducing new, more nutritious foods into your diet means that you can experiment with new flavors. Fruits, vegetables and spices are where most of a meals flavor comes from, and this is the kind of thing you will need to eat more of. By taking a positive and open minded approach to your diet, you can turn this into a really exciting opportunity to discover and create tasty new dishes.
Eight A Day
By now, everybody knows that you should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, but did you know that you should also drink at least eight pints of water a day? Hydration is especially important to pregnant women, not least because it can help with those unpleasant pregnancy side effects, like constipation, nausea and swelling. Drinking plenty of water can even help ensure that your baby is delivered on time.