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You probably already know
how important it is to eat a
well
-
balanced diet, but it is
even more important when
you are pregnant
.
Keep in
mind now you are eating
for two
.
Whatever you eat,
the baby eats as well
.
In fact
the baby actually takes your
nourishments so you must
eat enough for both of you
.
Te healthier you eat the
better it is for the pregnancy
and you
.
Never miss a meal while
you are pregnant, especially
breakfast
.
Breakfast is the
most important meal of
the day and your baby has
probably been waiting
since he
/
she woke up in the
middle of the night
.
You
may learn that if you wait so
long before eating you start
to feel sick, this is your body
telling you to eat
.
Do it
!
Make sure you are getting
enough of the food you need
daily
.
It takes 4
-
6 servings
of dairy produce a day for a
healthy pregnancy, this can
include some cheeses, milk,
yogurt
.
Tis provides the
baby with calcium which
it
'
ll need to develop healthy
growing bones
.
Adding
extra calcium to your diet
wouldn
'
t hurt you either,
especially your teeth and
bones
.
Don
'
t forget about your
fruit and vegetable servings
.
Lots of green is always a
good choice, so are sweet
potatoes
.
Not only will you
be giving your body what it
needs but you
'
ll start to have
more energy
.
Try laying of
the sweets for a week and
replace them with healthier
items and see how alive you
feel
.
If you are ever unsure of
the foods you can eat, you
can ask your doctor for a
list of items to avoid during
pregnancy
.
Tey
'
ll be more
than happy to share this with
you
.
You may also learn that your
stomach won
'
t handle certain
foods that it would before
.
Some of those foods may
include foods that contain
grease, fast foods, meat, and
certain foods that have a
strong odor
.
Eating healthy doesn
'
t mean
you have to cut out all the
fun in your life, you can still
treat yourself from time to
time
.
Go out and get a frozen
yogurt or a smoothie
.
While you are making
sure you get enough to eat
throughout the day, that
doesn
'
t mean neglecting your
fuid intake
.
You
'
ll need lots
of water and juices from here
on out
.
Te baby will thank
you later
.
Who knows, you
may discover that you really
enjoy eating healthier meals
and continue it even afer the
pregnancy
.
Not all foods are
safe during your
pregnancy, there are a
few things you should
avoid eating:
• unpasteurized products
-
brie and
other sof cheeses if unpateurized
.
• Certain fsh
-
exotic, shark, swordfsh,
anything potentially high in mercury
Foods to Avoid
H
• Raw eggs
• Undercooked meats
-
lunch meats
.
If you are buying a deli sandwich
you can ask for them to heat the
meat up a little
.
• Cafeine
-
soda, chocolate
.
If you
fnd this difcult you can wean
yourself of, but the less cafeine in
your system the better it is for the
baby
.