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Pregnancy and Dieting Healthy Options For Two

Aug 17, 2007
Many things influence the birth of a healthy baby. Some of these, such as a genetic traits and your age, you cannot control.

Others are up to you. Women who consume nutritious foods and stay away from identified dangers have the propensity to experience fewer problems throughout pregnancy and during the stage of giving birth are apt to give birth to bigger, stronger babies. Nutritionally high diet is crucial in accomplishing your future health as well as your baby's.

An easy eating plan is represented in the USDA Food Pyramid. There are many substances in food that the human bodies need daily, and it is impossible to remember what foods contain what nutrients and in what amounts.

By eating different kinds of nutritious substances from the various food groups each day, you can easily select what you need for the health of you and your baby. Eat at least the minimum numbers of servings, and add other servings to meet your caloric needs.

Complex Carbohydrates

Expectant mothers require more servings from the bread, cereals, and grains group than from any other, usually more than 9 servings daily. You may think that this is too much because you are thinking in terms of helpings rather than a standard serving.

For example, a sandwich is one helping, but it is two average helpings based on the pyramid. A standard size of rice or pasta is one half cup, but a standard plate of oatmeal would have no less than a cup of grains, which is a doubled typical helpings.

Foods in this group are particularly rich in carbohydrates, which is the body's main supply of energy. One excellent resource of protein is the grain products, which is the foundation of man's body tissue. A lot of grain products are enhanced with iron and B-vitamins.

You can check the Nutrition facts label when buying cereal to determine which brands are highest in iron content. That is important because your iron requirements are almost two fold throughout pregnancy.


This food group adds more color and crunch to the menus since many can be eaten raw or cooked. A pregnant woman needs four or more servings a day.

Vegetables provide much of the vitamins C and A that people need plus other minerals, fiber (a known reliever for constipation), and vitamins.

Particularly high in vitamin C are green beans, greens, cabbage, spinach, potatoes, broccoli, and tomatoes. Consuming foods high in vitamin C, assists the body take up irons. Vitamin C is needed by your body for many purposes, and some foods high in vitamin C are required every day because your body cannot store it.

Excellent resources of vitamin A consist of broccoli, green pepper, sweet potatoes, winter squash, pumpkins, and carrots.

Vitamin A raises the development and strength of cells within your and your baby's body. You could do with a fine supply at least a day after the other.


Like vegetables, fruits provide sources of vitamins A and C plus other vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

It is easy to consume more helpings of fruit daily. You could have fresh fruit or juice for breakfast; snack on dried or freshly picked fruit; a mixed fruit salad for lunch; and a steamed or boiled fruit dessert for dinner.

Fats, Oil, and Sweets

Everyone adds some fat, oil, or sugar to some foods to give the food more flavors. However, this small group is the tip of the pyramid, indicating that consumers, especially pregnant women, need to use it sparingly.

The main goal of pregnancy and dieting is to promote a pregnant woman's well being as well as achieve control over weight gain.

Hence, it is best to focus on foods that will help you control weight gain at the same time promote you and your baby's optimum health. In this way, your baby will not have a hard time coping with the new world outside your womb. Your body will also have an easier way returning to close to pre-pregnancy weight.

Keep in mind that pregnancy would mean eating healthy foods not only for you but for your baby as well. A good diet with a bunch of exercise program especially made for expecting mothers will guarantee safe pregnancy and delivery.
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Patricia has been interested in weight loss & fitness since the early 70's and knows the difference between hype & fact. For more Dieting & Fitness Information please visit: http://www.The-Weightloss-Guide.com/blog
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