Pregnancy Diet and Nutrition | What to Eat, What Not to Eat

There’s a reason they say you’re “eating for two” when you’re pregnant. In addition to the nutrients that your body usually needs, you now have a baby growing inside of you who is relying on you to provide what it needs to thrive and develop. The best way to ensure this is with a healthy diet that is balanced with the minerals and nutrients that the baby needs.

Misconceptions about diet

Your body is going to undergo a number of changes, including increasing blood volume, a growing uterus and lactation. These changes require energy, and that must come in an extra 300 calories a day during the second and third trimesters. They should not be junk or empty calories, however. It’s important to eat a balanced diet filled with fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains.

Just because you are eating for two does not mean you get to double your caloric intake or eat whatever you want. You will have cravings, but this is not, as many believe, your body letting you know what it needs. Pregnant women crave all sorts of foods and combinations (ice cream and pickles, anyone?), and this has little to do with what your body needs.

 

 

reprinted from livescience.com

 

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