Gaining weight during pregnancy is a given. However, many women tend to go a little overboard when it comes to their prenatal eating habits. So, for the woman who wants to keep her pregnancy diet delicious and nutritious, here are some great tips from some great sites.
PregnancyNutritionGuide.com has some great pointers when it comes to what foods should be avoided during pregnancy. Some things, like alcohol, are commonly avoided; however, there are some surprising revelations. For example, recent studies have shown that certain types of fish, such as swordfish, actually contain harmful mercury. Of course, there are also things you should eat more of during pregnancy. For example, folic acid is a B vitamin that can drastically lower the chances of brain and spinal abnormalities if taken during early pregnancy. For a list of folate-rich foods, visit Parents.com.
If you’re afraid that you’re not getting enough folic acid or other important nutrients, it’s important to take a dietary supplement. In fact, ChooseMyPlate.gov recommends that every woman take a vitamin and mineral supplement in addition to eating a healthy diet.
Of course, even when you eat well during your pregnancy, you should be gaining weight. According to BabyFit.SparkPeople.com, a woman of average weight should gain about 25 pounds over the course of a pregnancy. This may come as a bit of a shock to women who are used to hearing the old adage, “you’re eating for two now.”
Actually, there are many similar pregnancy myths that continue to influence modern women. EatingForPregnancy.co.uk dispels several of these, such as exercising isn’t safe when you’re pregnant, and coffee can injure your unborn baby.
When you’re going to have a baby, it’s perfectly natural to have a lot of questions. And whatever type of information you’re looking for, one of these sites is sure to help provide you with answers.
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Thank you for addressing these important health issues associated with pregnancy. Gaining too much weight is as bad as gaining too little. Good nutrition and the right amount of exercise, under the supervision of an obstetrician, benefits mother and child.
MaryannJanuary 12, 2012 - 5:25pm