Enjoying A Healthy Pregnancy With A Pregnancy Diet

Submitted by: Michelle Bery

Discovering that you are pregnant opens a whole new world before you. Suddenly, your focus shifts as your one and only job becomes just nine months long; to attend to the health of you and your baby. If you are not a person who visits the doctor often then the transition to monthly – and soon weekly – doctor visits can feel strange. But these visits are just one of the things you will be doing to ensure the health of your fetus. As you will soon discover, pregnancy diet is another.

As we all know, eating a proper diet can save us a lifetime of health problems and even early death. Even with this knowledge it can still seem a battle to maintain a healthy diet. But with pregnancy, suddenly it is no longer just about us. And when the results of a healthy pregnancy diet can mean a healt

 

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hy pregnancy, a full-term, problem-free delivery, and a healthy baby – then it doesn’t seem like much of a battle anymore.

Following a proper pregnancy diet ultimately means following the instructions of your doctor. Depending on your pre-pregnancy health and weight, your doctor will indicate how much/little weight it is advised that you gain. Be sure to monitor you weight gain accordingly as excessive weight gain can result in problems such as hypertension and gestational diabetes. Your doctor will advise you as to the number of daily calories that are healthy for your particular body.

Aside from caloric considerations, a pregnancy diet means focusing on healthy foods. Try to avoid foods high in salt, fat, and preservatives. Also minimize fried and greasy foods. Instead, focus on natural, whole foods such as fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, and complex whole grains. Also be sure to introduce lean meats such as chicken and fish as great sources of protein.

As part of your pregnancy diet, you will also more than likely be advised by your doctor to increase your calcium intake through yogurt, milk, soy, and cheese.

As a supplement to your pregnancy diet you will more than likely be given a pre-natal vitamin to round out your nutritional needs. This vitamin also includes a higher dose of iron which is essential to a healthy pregnancy.

In addition to eating what you are advised to eat, it is just as important to avoid those things that you are advised against. Be sure to follow the instructions of your doctor in eliminating those foods that are not a part of a healthy pregnancy diet.

Pregnancy can be a wonderful journey; and certainly a healthy one if you stay committed to following the advice of your doctor and a healthy, well-rounded pregnancy diet.



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