Friday, September 17, 2010

Food Guide During Pregnancy (Part 1)

What you choose to eat when you're pregnant may influence you and your baby's health for years to come. Giving yourself the right nutrition is a sure way of giving your baby a healthy head start. The dietary choices you make invariably affect your baby besides ensuring a healthy lifestyle for your self.

It is healthy for you to gain some extra weight but it must be as a result of a healthy and balanced nutrition. If you had been trying to lose weight prior to pregnancy, you will need to put your plans on hold and consult your doctor if there is continued weight loss or loss in appetite.

Food containing protein, fats, carbohydrates and DHA are essential during pregnancy. Low fat yoghurt and cereals made with all or mostly whole grains are great for breakfast. Hardboiled egg and fruit add variety to your meal. White meat such as fish and chicken with rice and a portion of vegetable like broccoli and spinach or whole grain bread and toufu to go with slices of fresh fruit such as papaya and guava are ideal for lunch and dinner.

Fish such as sardines, tuna, mackerel, algae and omega 3 enriched eggs are great sources of DHA. Eggs are rich in choline which helps with brain development and memory function in the early years. A healthy portion of fluid intake especially water and pasteurized low fat milk should be included.

For a snack, take an apple, a banana, or an orange. A cream cracker and cheese, or a milky drink can be just as nourishing.

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