If you have ever been pregnant, or had a close relation who was pregnant, you will understand that this period has lots and lots of things attached to it. These things are not necessarily constant in all cases, like swollen body parts etc, but a number of things are very common. One of these common things is the desire to eat many things and everything. However, not all things are good for the pregnant woman and the unborn child. Food, especially healthy food, is very important for the baby to grow strong and healthy. So, this is why this article is being written; to explain the nutrition options and best food choices for pregnant women.
NEVER SKIP BREAKFAST – This is not even healthy for every other person, which makes it more dangerous for pregnancy women and their unborn children. You can eat already made cooked cereals to reduce the stress of having to get up early to cook. You can also add fruits to your breakfast. Whole wheat toast may be a very good option for those days when you feel sick in the morning. Also, don’t wait till afternoon before having another meal. You can eat some more later in the morning.
INCLUDE FOODS WITH HIGH FIBER IN YOUR MEAL – You need as much finer as you can get in your system as a pregnant woman, but don’t make it the only thing you eat. Vegetables, fruits (like melon, bananas and carrots), beans are your best bet. You can also eat whole grains like oatmeal.
STAY AWAY FROM FATS – This is especially in snacks. We get most of the fat we consume from junks and snacks. So, your choice of snacks must be low fat or fat free. Either yoghourt or cheese, you must consciously stay away from fats.
EAT FISH EVERY WEEK – You must take up to 12 ounces of fish every week. It necessarily does not have to be taken once, so you can break it into smaller meals and span it across you food time table for the week. Tilefish, swordfish, shark or mackerel must be avoided because they contain a high level of mercury which is not good for you. Some options of low mercury fishes you can eat are salmon, catfish, shrimp, canned tuna. Shellfish is also a great alternative.
DON’T EAT UNDERCOOKED MEAT – Your meat are best consumed after they must have been highly cooked and sizzling hot. Lunch meat, goat meat and cheese, sushi, feta and other soft cheese are not good for your baby. So it is best for you to stay away from them.
STAY AWAY FROM ALCOHOL AND CAFFEINE – Except you are looking to harm yourself and your baby, you should not be taking any kind of alcohol or caffeine during pregnancy. This is not just spirits and caffeine pills, but also drinks with little amounts of alcohol, caffeinated beverages, soda and coffee. Stay away from alcohol and caffeine.
The combination of good feeding and quality exercise can guarantee not just a health baby, but also safe delivery.