Healthy Nutrition For Pregnancy

11/03/2011 15:42

The most crucial thing to remember while pregnant is to have a healthy and balanced diet that includes a variety of foods. It is now advised by most healthcare professionals that pregnant women should take some supplements. Perhaps the most important of these is vitamin B9 otherwise known as folic acid and is recommended to be taken for at least 2 months prior to conception as well as during the pregnancy.

Many women ask if there is a specific healthy diet for pregnancy. In fact, it all goes much deeper than that. Conception is really a fragile miracle as so many things must happen in just the right order that on paper, it seems impossible. However, it does indeed happen-millions of times a year. Yet for many of us, conception doesn't "just happen", with around 15% of us experiencing difficulties.

Just as important as foods that are good for pregnant women is learning which foods are not good for pregnant women. A healthy pregnancy also depends on staying away from foods that may cause harm. While pregnant, try to stay away from caffeine, alcohol, drugs and foods to which you may be allergic.

You are going to gain an average of 20-35 pounds no matter what. And it is not unusual for women to gain even 45. A friend of mine who is vegetarian, she gained that much and she is tall and very skinny. I don't think you can really control too much of the weight gain to the pound, but you can control if you will gain 40 or 60 pounds.

Nutrition for pregnancy should not be rocket science. Moms-to-be need to choose a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, high quality proteins, dairy products and whole grain foods. Then combine these healthy food choices to create meals reflecting the needs of a healthy diet during pregnancy.

Vegetarians don't need to stray from their eating style just because they are pregnant. You and your baby are capable of getting all the nutrients required with a vegetarian diet. You may need to adjust your diet slightly to make sure you are receiving the right amount of nutrients though.

Omega-3 is important for you unborn baby's brain, eyes and nervous system to develop. Infants who are exposed to proper amounts of this nutrient in utero have greater visual acuity and longer attention spans than kids who were not exposed to omega-3 before birth.

Calcium is important for the growth of healthy bones in your fetus. This mineral is also vital for the nerves and muscles to function properly. If you don't get enough calcium in your diet, your baby will take what he needs from your bones and deplete your reserves. When this happens, your bones will weaken and your risk of osteoporosis will increase.

That's all you really need to do. Simply tweak or adjust your regular diet so you're getting the necessary 300 extra-calories per day to satisfy your nutritional intake, plus ensure your baby's growth and development.

There are new studies that point out some positive benefits for the adult offspring in case the mother followed a Low Carb Diet For Pregnancy. It appears that this improves triglycerides, fat metabolism in offspring. Maintenance of a low triglyceride levels and a good fat metabolism can reduce the risk of coronary artery disease.

Nutritional experts recommend that, during pregnancy, you take a high quality omega 3 fish supplement. This is because they contain EPA and DHA, both of which are of paramount importance to your child and you as well.

Experts recommend the consumption of high quality omega3 fish oil supplement as part of healthy diet for breastfeeding mothers. This is because; fish supplement contains high levels of DHA and EPA omega3 fatty acids. Both these fats are very vital for proper growth and development of both mother and her child.

While a healthy baby is all a parent could ask for there are studies in the area of higher intelligence emerging that are beginning to reveal why some babies are so incredibly smart. Have you ever wondered why there are some babies that meet developmental milestones at a very early stage.

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