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What To Eat During Pregnancy

What To Eat During Pregnancy...

Pregnancy is a remarkable time in your life. And you need to pay attention to what you eat during pregnancy like no other time in your life.

During pregnancy everything you eat affects your baby - so planning for good eating is important to you and your baby.
What To Eat During Pregnancy

The best foods to eat are those that are as close to their source as possible.

By this I mean whole grains and naturally raised meats that have been grass fed.

It also means honey if you want a little something sweet, fresh organic produce, and a healthy dose of wild caught fish and raw nuts.

Your pregnancy diet focuses on what you have to eat and why you have to eat that certain kind of food.

Proper pregnancy diet is basically adjusted by looking into what your baby needs during their growth and development, which can be provided if you have a healthy meal.

You have to make sure that you are feeding your baby properly by consistently eating six small meals in a day.

If you frequently eat small meals, you can maintain your blood sugar level.

Adequate sugar level in your body can keep you from feeling hungry all the time.

It will also prevent you to crave for more food on your succeeding meals.

Food cravings during your pregnancy are normal especially when you are in your fourth month.

This happens because of the increased level of energy needed for your daily activities and your baby's needs for their growth and development.

What To Eat During Pregnancy #1 - Milk Does Your Baby Good

Remember to drink lots of milk. Calcium is important for your baby's growth in the same way that it is important for you.

Babies have bones and teeth too. If they are deprived of calcium, then they will have weaker bones and teeth.

If you can't stand milk, then you should take a calcium supplement.

What To Eat During Pregnancy #2 - Organic Produce

Organic produce does several things for you and the baby. They offer lots of roughage in the form of fibre - and constipation is a common complaint for pregnant women.

Organics are more nutritious than many of their conventional cousins, and they are better for the earth.

The only possible down side is the slightly higher price; but this is a time when it is well worth the investment.

What To Eat During Pregnancy #3 - Fish

Recent studies that followed women through pregnancy and their children for 8 years after birth showed conclusively that if the mother ate at least 12 ounces of fish a week during pregnancy, the kids displayed markedly higher verbal IQ scores.

Nutrients in fish promote the development of the nervous system and the brain.

What To Eat During Pregnancy #4 - Nuts

You should only eat raw nuts. Cashews, almonds and walnuts all taste great raw, and are perfect to tuck into your purse on a busy day.

They keep you from sugar crashes and offer omega 3 fatty acid which is good for your heart.

Nut butters made from these raw nuts are wonderful to add to oatmeal or spread on sprouted grain bread and on apples for a snack.

What To Eat During Pregnancy #5 - Chocolate

Chocolate contains an ingredient that promotes strong cardiovascular heath.

A recent study done at Yale was discovered that women who ate 5 or more portions of chocolate per week were less likely to develop preeclampsia.

Folate (Folic Acid)

Required for increasing the blood supply and to decrease the likelihood of neural tube defects, folate is another essential for you.

Chances are your doctor will recommend a prenatal vitamin - but you can also get this nutrient, in dark green leafy vegetables.

Oranges, legumes and organic whole eggs are also rich in folate, so make sure you get your fill of these as well.

How to Get Extra Iron During Pregnancy

Many pregnant women struggle with anaemia. The blood supply increases during pregnancy in order to provide your baby with its nutrition as well.

Iron can be found in a number of foods - and while liver is the most often cited, it can have some unintentional side effects.

Liver has a great deal of vitamin A which can lead to birth defects.

Spinach, broccoli, peas and beets all contain healthy amounts of iron. Combine them with a vitamin C rich food to absorb the maximum quantity of available iron.

For example, a spinach salad with strawberries, some raw sliced almonds and a nice dressing made of lemon juice and olive oil is a perfect lunch.

Lentils and brown rice both have a lot of iron, and if you combine them make up a complete protein. That is a real win/win situation.

Remember, while you may be concerned about what to eat while you are pregnant, it is also important to remember what not to eat.

Put down that alcohol and stop smoking cigarettes. These will have a much more detrimental effect on your baby than missing a serving of vegetables.

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