Healthy pregnant women are conscious of their baby’s health as well as their own. As the title of this article suggests, this won’t be an in depth treatise on nutrition during pregnancy. Instead, I will aim at a few things all healthy pregnant women should keep in mind during their pregnancy.
I am aware of the multitude of women who take their health, as well as the health of their child, very serious, as any healthy pregnant women should. To those of you in this category, I commend and salute you. But I have seen a few simple steps that can be taken with very little effort to help ensure a healthy birth, and a fit mother.
Healthy Pregnant Women Watch the Empty Calories in Junk Foods It’s difficult not to give into the many cravings you might be experiencing during pregnancy, but this is a time to concentrate on highly nutritious low calorie foods. Generally speaking, you really only need an extra 300 calories per day during pregnancy; and this, mostly in your second and third trimesters. Remember, you still want to look good after delivery as well.
Healthy Pregnant Women Watch Their Sugar Intake It’s important to keep you blood sugar balanced during pregnancy. Don’t spike it with gargantuan doses of refined sugars contained in candies, cakes, ice cream and the likes. Get yourself a book with a glycemic index of foods that you can refer to.
Healthy Pregnant Women Drink Plenty of Water This is one of the most overlooked necessities. You’re going to need more of it during pregnancy. The reasons are way too many to list in just a paragraph. Nothing will hydrate you half as well as water. 100% juice can be used sparingly, but it is no substitute. Stay away from coffee, and drink tea sparingly as it is a natural diuretic. You should be drinking a minimum of 8-10 glasses every day. Try to drink filtered water to avoid chemicals that can be found in tap water.
Healthy Pregnant Women Take a Good Prenatal Daily Supplement Obviously the needs for nutrients increase during pregnancy. Giving birth is probably the single most stressful act you will ever demand from your body. Folic acid, B-vitamins, vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, vitamin D and Iron are a few vitamins you will likely need more of. Supplementation makes a difference for both the developing baby and the mother. These are just a few precautions that healthy pregnant women can take, to have a happy and healthy delivery. And be that much closer to getting back into shape after delivery too!