Continue eating a good quality diet just as you did during pregnancy. If you are not breastfeeding, your nutrient and calorie needs will be the same as they were before you became pregnant. If you are breastfeeding, or if you’re…
Published March 13, 2012 by
Eating well during your pregnancy is one of the most important ways to make sure your baby grows strong and healthy. He’s relying on you for his nutrients; in that way, you really are eating for two! Many women say, “Well, I’m going to gain weight anyway; I may as well skip the veggies and go right for the baby cookies.” It doesn’t quite work that way. Your baby needs vitamins and minerals, not sugar! Plus, gaining too much weight can be harmful to your health and that of the baby. So eating right is important – but how do you do it?
First, know how many calories you need to shoot for. During the first trimester, you do not need to increase your calorie intake at all. In fact, this is one of the miracles of being a mom: you produce a hormone called HCG, which nourishes the egg. This is important, especially if you cannot keep food down because of morning sickness. The baby still gets the nutrients he needs, even if you are lacking a little at that time.
During the second trimester, you can add more calories to your daily diet. An average woman will need to add between 300 and 500 calories. No, let’s amend that: an average woman will need to add between 300 and 500 high quality calories.
Here are some excellent, nutrient-rich choices for a healthy mom and baby:
These are just a few suggestions; in pregnancy, as the rest of the time, it is all about better choices. Instead of reaching for a candy bar, go for a small package of nuts. Instead of eating a bowl of cream soup before dinner, have veggie soup or a salad.
Many foods are harmful for pregnant women and developing fetuses. These include:
Go to FoodSafety.gov to see a complete list of foods to avoid when you are pregnant. You may have to give up sushi and brie for a few months, but a healthy baby is well worth it.