Pregnancy is a period of joy and pride for many women (although it comes with many challenges and discomfort as well). During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes many changes both physically, mentally and hormone-wise. A balanced diet is something that is vital not only for pregnant women but for all individuals to maintain a healthy lifestyle. During pregnancy, the mother – to be craves so many things – this is the in response to the needs of her body. Although a pregnant mother eats what they crave, they should be careful of what they ingest (the essential nutrients should be part of their daily diet in order to maintain their body function and also help in the growth and development of her baby).
The consumption of fruits and vegetables is advisable for a pregnant woman; it provides them with Folic acid which helps in preventing neural defects in the baby and Vitamin E which helps in muscle development in the fetus. There are 6 food groups that exist in which a pregnant mother is advised to choose her diet based on. They are: Staples, Legumes, Vegetables, Fruits, Proteins (Food from Animals), Fats and Oils
Food from Animals
A Pregnant woman should:
Choose foods high in fiber that are enriched such as whole-grain breads, cereals, pasta, rice, fruits, and vegetables.
Make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals in your daily diet while pregnant. Prenatal vitamins should be taken as recommended by the doctor if necessary.
Eat and drink at least four servings of dairy products and calcium-rich foods a day to help ensure that you are getting 1000-1300 mg of calcium in your daily diet during pregnancy.
Eat at least three servings of iron-rich foods per day to ensure you are getting 27 mg of iron daily.
Choose at least one good source of vitamin C daily, such as oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, honeydew, papaya, broccoli, cauliflower. Choose at least one good source of folic acid...
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