Pregnancy and nutrition

Pregnant women really do experience a heightened sense of smell, which is basically the body’s way of steering them away from food that would be bad for the baby. Isn’t nature amazing? So here you can find a list of what a pregnant woman should eat on a daily basis for her and the baby’s health:

• Five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables
• Six servings of enriched, whole-grain breads and cereals. Three servings of nonfat or low-fat milk or milk products.
• Two to three servings of extra-lean meats, chicken without the skin, fish, or cooked dried beans and peas
• Eight glasses of water
• Take folic acid supplements around conception (see with your doctor)

Change habits

Select a larger breakfast and a light evening meal in the last trimester when heartburn is more of a problem. Avoid or limit caffeine (such as coffee, tea, and colas) and avoid alcohol and tobacco. Since no safe limit has been established for alcohol, abstinence is a woman’s best bet.

About the weight

Optimal weight gains of 25 to 35 pounds in a slender woman helps ensure a healthy-sized baby. Underweight women should gain more weight, or approximately 28 to 40 pounds. Overweight women should not attempt to use pregnancy as a way to use up extra body fat, since stored body fat is not the stuff from which babies are made. A modest weight gain of between 12 to 25 pounds is recommended for these women.

We hope this was useful to you. Enjoy a healthy pregnancy!

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