Are you planning on adding another kid to your brood? Or maybe you just got the excellent news that there’s a new baby on the way? Whether you’re a first, second or third time mom, nothing still beats the excitement of knowing that another human being is actually growing inside your womb. Now, you might use your pregnancy as an excuse to give into the food cravings and just load up on calorie-laden food items, but that is not what you should do at all. Sure, it’s perfectly fine to give in to those cravings sometimes, but paying close attention to your diet is a must if you wish to have an easy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Pregnancy Nutrition Tips
When it comes to pregnancy nutrition, the number one thing that you need to remember is this: you are eating for two, but that does not mean that you should scrimp on the nutritional content of your diet. You may not necessarily have an easy time during labor if you are overweight so no matter how much cravings set in especially during your first trimester, always keep nutrition in mind.
Just because you have an excuse of getting heavier during the onset of your pregnancy does not give you the license to binge on calorie-laden food items. Instead, here are a few tips that you should remember:
- Make sure that your meals consist of items from all food groups.
- Keep your daily meals as nutritionally-balanced as possible.
- Do not overeat during one particular meal – keep your meals limited to a few healthy snacks and three well-balanced main meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Make sure that the food you are eating consists of vitamins A and C; folic acid; lean proteins; complex carbohydrates and calcium.
If you are going through a particular difficult trimester of your pregnancy, always ask your doctor of there are any food items that you should steer clear of and eat more of. For the vitamin content of your food, it always pays to get these from natural sources so load up on as many fruits and veggies as you can. Limit your consumption of sugary treats, avoid junk foods and alcoholic drinks, limit or eliminate your caffeine consumption – this may sound like a lot but if you’d like your baby to grow strong and healthy, then you need to make certain sacrifices with your own lifestyle.
Should Pregnant Women Exercise?
Finally, should pregnant (interesting to know is that the Danish term is Gravid) women exercise? Definitely! Again, you do not want to carry an extra burden of fat on your body when you are already supporting the weight of your baby. Having a healthy weight for a pregnant woman, especially during the last trimester of your pregnancy is a must – so make sure that you exercise. Take yoga classes or perform some prenatal and breathing exercises right at your own home. These should ease any back pains that you may have, improve the health of your baby and give you enough strength to make your delivery as pain-free as possible.