Maintaining good nutrition and hydration during pregnancy is essential for your health and the health of your growing baby, but it can be tricky when you are also dealing with symptoms that make it seem difficult (nausea/ morning sickness) or even impossible to eat well. Following a good diet will help you have a healthy pregnancy.
A healthy diet helps mothers avoid pregnancy complications such as anemia, high blood pressure, high or low birth weight babies, and gestational diabetes. Good nutrition may also minimize morning sickness, fatigue, and constipation. Mothers who eat sensibly during pregnancy are more likely to return to their pre-pregnancy weight sooner. Finally, your baby should be receiving the highest quality nutrients for proper development.
The foundation of eating well during pregnancy is to commit to a whole food-based diet. This means cutting down or eliminating as many processed foods as possible and concentrating on foods that are grown or raised naturally, without unnecessary added ingredients, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides or preservatives.
Always be aware of any allergies or sensitivities you have before engaging in any kind of new eating strategy. For the general population, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, “clean” meats, yogurt, eggs, beans, legumes, nuts, purified water and seeds should be the mainstay of a pregnancy diet. These foods provide the highest nutritional value. Refer to the following guidelines in order to create a sound diet during pregnancy. There are certain foods that should be avoided completely to protect your health and that of your baby.