Diets during pregnancy
Healthy Foods & Nutritional Changes During Pregnancy
As your pregnancy process or processes, the nutritional demands that are made on your baby increase.
During the early weeks of pregnancy, you may not be aware of the baby with in your body. Therefore, you should consume an adequate diet even before you become pregnant. Once you realize that you are pregnant, you may experience morning sickness.
Which tends to minimize thoughts of foods. But even this early in pregnancy, you need to make sure that you eat a good diet. This should not be difficult, Since your nutritional requirements at this point are still essentially the same as those for a non pregnant woman, with the expection of your additional folic acid requirements.Lack of certain nutrients in the diet, primarily Vitamin B6, is thought to contribute to morning sickness.
Morning Sickness may occur because of low blood sugar after not eating all night. Some women experience nausea throughout the day, however especially if they go for long periods without food.
During the second trimester, nutritional needs increase, and you should begin consuming additional calories, vitamins, and minerals by following the No-Risking pregnancy diet. The baby puts on very little weight during the second trimester.
However the maternal tissues greatly increase. The woman begins to lay down a store of fat for her baby to utilize during lactation.
Her uterus and breasts enlarge, the volume of aminotic fluid increases, the placenta grow in size, and the volume expands. There fore, increased protein and fluid intakes and essential.
During the third and last trimester, the baby gains weight rapidly. The brain grows the fastest during the last two months and his liver stores up iron. Continue following the No-Risk pregnancy diet during this time and beyond, if you breast feed. You must take in sufficient calories and protein to ensure optimum development of the baby's brain and body.
Dieting at at this point is not benificial for health. Make certain that you eat well, and your weight gain will guarantee the health of both you and your baby.
Third Trimester (07,08 & 09 month)
If you experience increased swelling as your due date approaches, try adding more protein to your diet , In rare cases swelling puts pressure on the nerves in the wrist, called "Carpal tunnel syndrome". Additional vitamin "B6" may help relieve this condition or prevent its further development.
Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness
- If you suffer from morning sickness, try the following remedies:
- Eat crackers or toast before rising in the morning.
- Avoid greasy, fried or highly spiced food.
- Drink teas made from small amount of herbs such as raspberry leaf, pepperment, or chamomole.
- Increase your intake of vitamin "B"especially B6.
The No -Risk Pregnancy Diet
When you are pregnant, you need more of good quality foods. To meet your own needs and those of your developing baby, you must have, everyday at least:
- One quart (four glasses) of milk - any kind: full fat milk, low fat, low fat, skimmed or buttermilk. If you don't like milk, you can substitute one cup of yoghurt for each cup of milk.
- Two eggs
- Two servings of fish, shell fish, chicken or turkey, lean beef, veal, lamb, liver or kidney.
Alternative combinations include:
Rice with - beans, cheese, sesame seeds, milk.
Beans with - rice, corn meal, wheat noodles, sesame seeds, milk.
- Two servings of fresh, green leafy vegetables: Mustard, beet, collard, dandellion or turnip green, spinach, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, swiss chard.
- Servings of whole grain breads, rolls, cereals, or pancakes: Wheatena, branflakes, musseli, granola, shredded wheat pancakes, corn breads, corn tortilla or corn bran or whole wheat muffins, waffles, brown rice.
- Two choices from: a whole potato (any style), large green pepper, orange, grape fruit, lemon,papaya, lime.
- Three pats of margarine, Vitamin A - enriched, or butter, or oil.
- A yellow or orange coloured vegetables or fruit five times a week.
- Liver once a week if you like it.
- Table Salt - Salt your food to taste.
- Water - drink to thrist (8 glass apprx).
Non Food Items During Pregnancy
- Cigarettes - Smoking during pregnancy is considered to be one of the leading preventable causes of low birth weight. Pregnant smokers give birth to smaller babies. Their babies also have a higher incidence of sudden infant death syndrome.
- Alcohol - Alcohol has a toxic effect on the developing fetus. Consumption of alcohol during the last 6 months of pregnancy with infant "leukemia", a rare disease.
- Marijuana, Cocaine, and other Recreational drugs: Pregnant women who smoke marijuana in excess, as well as women who take "Lysergic Acid" may cause chromosomal damage in their babies. Use of cocaine leads to possible miscarriage, low birth weight, malformations, and still birth.
- Caffeine: Caffeine is a stimulant present in coffee, cocoa, cola drinks, chocolate. Heavy caffeine consumption that is over 300 milligrams per day can increase a woman's chance of delivering a baby with low birth weight.
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