You are what you eat!
Maintaining a healthy diet is vital for both you and your growing baby. You will notice an increase in your appetite as your baby continues to grow inside of you and making sure you are eating healthy will help you in the long run! Calcium is one of the most important aspects you will need to have during your pregnancy. You can get your daily calcium needs for you and your baby by eating a lot of cheese and other dairy products. If you are not a fan of dairy products or lactose intolerant than try eating other foods that contain calcium such as salmon broccoli and beans.
Folic acid helps the baby's brain development as well as development of the spine. Folic acid can be found in many common things that are usually already in your daily diet such as peanut butter, breads, and dark green vegetables.
Iron is another essential nutrient. Iron-deficiency anemia during pregnancy is associated with preterm
delivery, and low-birth weight. Iron rich foods to add to your diet include: Beef or chicken liver; clams,
mollusks and oysters; beef, sardines and turkey. Non-animal iron sources include lentils, beans, and
spinach. Iron supplements can also be used to ensure you're
getting enough of this important mineral.
Make sure you are getting plenty of protein throughout your pregnancy. Protein is a very good source of energy that will help you get through your days seeing as your baby makes you completely exhausted. Eat eggs and meat to get your servings of protein every day.
It is very important to maintain a healthy diet and give your baby what it needs to grow and be healthy when born. If you are planning your pregnancy make sure you take this into consideration a diet change can be hard on a first time mother. Eating a well balanced nutritious diet is essential, it is best to try and stray away from processed foods, chips and junk food like this. It may taste good but it holds very little nutrition for you and your baby. If you have a diet of junk then you will end up gaining even more unwanted weight whereas if you maintain a healthy diet you will gain the weight you are meant to gain and this weight will be easier to lose in the long run after the actual pregnancy. Be health and food conscious during your pregnancy think about how what you eat and consume will affect your baby. Your baby needs the proper nourishment so it can grow and be healthy and born without any complications. So watch what you eat and be smart when it comes to your food, eat three balanced meals everyday so your baby and continue to grow taking care of your child is the best feeling!