Lifestyles for Better Living

The Right Diet for a Pregnant Woman

If you are planning to get pregnant or are pregnant right now, it is essential that you start modifying your diet right away. You need to start getting more essential nutrients with every meal that you eat. People's daily diets are often not very nutritious, so if you want you and your baby to be healthy during the entire pregnancy, you have to give your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

Nutritional requirements

Pregnant women typically require 10% to 60% more nutrients on a daily basis than non-childbearing individuals. The caloric requirement of pregnant women is even higher after the third month of pregnancy.

It is estimated that pregnant women need more than eighty thousand extra calories during the entire pregnancy. So if you are on 2,000 calorie-a-day diet, you need to add an average of 300 calories to your daily caloric intake so your body is able to easily respond to the increased physiological demands of pregnancy.

Pregnancy isn't exactly an ordeal, but it can be incredibly taxing to women who do not have the right kind of nutrition during their pregnancy.

Selective eating is best

You don't have to go on a 'diet' in the strictest sense of the word. Unless you are morbidly obese, caloric restriction is almost always not recommended for people who are of normal weight.

If you are underweight, you have to increase your weight by as much as 18 kilograms. Ask your doctor what target weight would be healthy for you and your baby. Pregnant women can eat as much as they want - of the good stuff, that is. And by 'good stuff,' we mean items such as:

  • Fresh fruits
  • Steamed or stewed vegetables (properly cooked, please)
  • Lean cuts of meat (chicken, beef, and pork)
  • Fresh seafood (check with your doctor regarding the types of fish that are safe for pregnant women)
  • Food with lots of fiber
  • Low-fat, fortified dairy products

As you can see from this list, it really isn't that hard to eat healthily during pregnancy. And if you have learned to tame the fast food and junk food habit during your pregnancy, why not continue your new healthy eating habits even after you've given birth?

There are numerous health benefits to eating well every day. The biggest advantage is that you're likely to live longer than those who eat junk food all the time. This is medically proven, so why look elsewhere for your daily meals? If you don't cook frequently at home, now is a great time to start learning how to cook for yourself and your family.

There are countless books out there on healthy cooking and healthy eating. You might be surprised how easy cooking has become with the help of modern inventions such as the microwave and the electric grill. Simply put: if you want to be healthy during your pregnancy, you have to eat healthily, too. Give your body the right food and it will take care of you.

For more information, pick up the Nook version of “ Pregnancy Diet & Nutrition Made Easy“ at Barns and Noble

You can also buy the PDF file from Paypal for $3.99.

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