We have all heard that pregnant women are eating for two; however, it is very important that pregnant women not take this seriously. Doubling the amount of food you normally eat during pregnancy will result in unhealthy weight gain. Instead, pregnant women should plan to add about three hundred calories to the daily diet and focus on eating healthful, nutritious whole foods. Read on for some excellent tips on eating right during pregnancy.
Protein is extremely important when you are trying to grow a healthy, strong baby. It is the building block of skin and muscles. Be sure to eat high quality lean protein choices such as tofu, eggs, beans, nuts, dairy products and lean meats, poultry and fish.
Calcium builds strong bones and teeth, so it is very important that you enjoy calcium rich foods such as dark green veggies, beans, dairy products and almonds.
To make sure you and your baby have highly oxygenated blood, be sure to get enough iron. You will find iron naturally occurring in dried fruit, whole grains, whole cereals, beans, lean meats and fish.
Folate or folic acid is a B vitamin that specifically assists in the development of a strong spinal cord and healthy brain. You should begin folic acid supplementation while trying to conceive and continue throughout your pregnancy and beyond. Folic acid can be found in liver and other organ meats, beans, legumes, whole grains and cereals, asparagus, broccoli, oranges and sweet potatoes.
One thing that may be standing out in your mind right now is that beans seem to be the miracle food when it comes to supplying everything you need. While it is always a good idea to add beans to your diet, it is equally important to eat a varied diet. This and a good multivitamin will ensure balanced nutrition.
Eating right during pregnancy will improve and enhance your health and help ensure an easy delivery and a healthy baby. Follow the advice presented here to be fit and healthy before, during and after your pregnancy.