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