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What is the best food for you and the baby during pregnancy to keep in shape and stay healthy?

Vanity kind of flies out the window when you’ve already been poked, prodded and pricked to prove that yes, you definitely are pregnant, and yes, it’s going to last for an average of nine whole months!

Being pregnant is not always conducive to eating healthy, the strange things we may want to eat which are not necessarily good for us or our shape seem to call at the worst of times with an urgency hard to ignore, however, getting the balance right is what it’s all about if you really want to stick to a healthy eating plan during your pregnancy.


It’s really all about fine-tuning your eating habits to make sure that both you and your baby are receiving adequate nutrition, which is truly critical to your baby’s growth and development. Eating from a variety of food groups will help you get the nutrients you need. The main food groups include fruits and vegetables, breads (not too much though!) and grains, protein sources and dairy products, which does not mean you can hog the ice-cream!


In the fruits and vegetables category you are going to need heaps of vitamin c and folic acid, which means that oranges and grapefruit should be among the fruity kind while vegetables such as tomatoes, broccoli and Brussels sprouts cover the veggie selection. A fantastic source of folic acid is hiding in the dark green leafy veggies as well as in black or lima beans, black-eyed peas and veal, while the great news is that you should have at least 2-4 servings of fruit and 4 or more, yay, vegetable servings daily!


Carbohydrates found in breads and grains are the body’s main source of energy for pregnant moms and also provide nutrients like iron, B vitamins, fibre and even some protein. Check out your weight and dietary needs but you should have between 6-11 servings of breads or grains daily.


Your protein needs will be met adequately with a good balance of meat, poultry, fish, eggs and beans, all of which contain iron and B vitamins as well. This all works towards carrying oxygen to your growing baby and your muscles to help symptoms of irritability (tick that one yes), fatigue (definitely) and depression, which is always a possibility with all those hormones raging while you prepare to pull off a miraculous feat no man would dare to take on!


In order to maintain the at least 1000mg of calcium you need as a pregnant mom while your growing baby needs a considerable amount of calcium, which your body will take from your bones, your dairy product intake is as vital as anything else in eating healthy during pregnancy. Milk, cheese, yogurt, puddings, not too many mind you, and cream soups will do you the world of good added to your healthy eating plan where it comes to your dairy intake, which should amount to around 4 servings of dairy products every day, leaving out a container of ice-cream a day, just to reiterate!

 

Other sources of calcium are also found in seafood, green veggies, beans and dried peas.


All in all, just try to find the right balance, for your sake and that of your precious growing baby, but you have every right to have a little fun along the way, considering the magic of new life you are on the way to birthing!

 

 

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