Did you ever deal with morning sickness? Some days, the very thought of eating was enough to make my head spin but I knew it was something I had to do for the baby’s sake. With Sweet B and Squeaker, my morning sickness didn’t last too long, but there were some days that I could have lived without it. My pregnancy cravings weren’t too bad with any of my pregnancies, or at least not in terms of craving odd foods. Still, I knew that eating right was something I had to maintain which is why I wanted to share my tips on motherhood for pregnancy nutrition.
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In addition to taking a prenatal vitamin, it’s important to eat healthy during pregnancy. Whatever you eat, the baby eats as well. In fact the baby actually takes your nourishment so you must eat enough for both of you. The healthier you eat the better it is for the pregnancy and you.
My Tips on Motherhood for Pregnancy Nutrition
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! When I was pregnant with Squeaker, I kept a handful of Luna bars in my nightstand drawer. They were great for late night and early morning snacks.
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. This 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 off the sweets for a week and replace them with healthier items and see how alive you feel.
Foods to Avoid
Not all foods are safe during your pregnancy, there are a few things you should avoid eating:
– unpasteurized products- brie and other soft cheeses if unpasteurized.
– Certain fish- exotic, shark, swordfish, anything potentially high in mercury
– 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.
– Caffeine- soda, chocolate. If you find this difficult you can wean yourself off, but the less caffeine in your system the better it is for the baby. If you really need to get a sweet fix, try adding sweetening drops to your water. But be sure to ask your doctor first.
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. They’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 fluid intake. You’ll need lots of water and juices from here on out. The baby will thank you later… even if your bladder might not. This is especially important if you’re pregnant during the summer.
What tips would you share regarding pregnancy nutrition?