Nutrition during pregnancy is an extremely important topic and vital to Women’s Health.
But what is right and what is wrong?
This question has been asked for decades and depending on who you talk with….you can get a variety of answers.
Professionals indicate that certain foods, eaten during pregnancy, can affect the child before and after birth.
These foods can have good and bad outcomes.
Proper nutrition can help reduce morbidity and mortality of both the child and the mother.
But just as some good foods, can help the mother and child, it is believed that poor food choice can do just the opposite.
It is understood that a proper nutrition intake and diet can be essential for adequate growth and development of the unborn child.
The key is that it is never too early or even too late to start.
These resources required during pregnancy and childbirth
The health of the mother prior to pregnancy is essential and helpful for success
Anorexia and bulimia are believed to be linked to infertility and increased lack of success of pregnancy and Childbirth
Overweight women also may have infertility and hormone problems such as insulin resistance
Important nutrient vitamins include:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B12
Development of embryo is in full swing and large amount of energy is required.
A women’s amount of calories essential does not need to double – but a moderate increase in caloric intake is essential.
Lack of certain vitamins can lead to problems such as neural tube defects – [lack of Folic Acid]
Excess amounts of alcohol or drugs can lead to poor outcomes and problems for the embryo
Recommended nutrients during pregnancy
Recommended Daily Servings
Protein: 2-3 servings
Beans: 2-3 servings
Dairy: 3-4 servings
Vegetables: 2-3 servings
Fruits: 2-3 servings
Whole grains: 3 servings
Foods to avoid during pregnancy
- Seafood high in mercury [Swordfish, shark, tilefish]
- No raw shellfish or fish
- Avoid undercooked meat and eggs
- Avoid unpasteurized foods such as cheese and mild
- No caffeine or excess caffeine
- Large amount of Liver