Now that you're a mother-to-be, you should be aware that healthy diet is critical for your baby's growth and development during pregnancy.
How many times have our mothers and grandmothers told us that a pregnant lady should eat for two? You should be aware that this is not the reality. It is true that a woman must provide adequate nutrition for two people while pregnant but it does not mean that you need to double your portion!
Here are some helpful hints:
1. A pregnant woman needs approximately 2500 calories per day, whereas a non-pregnant woman only needs 1800 to 2100 calories per day:
Protein, which can be found in meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, and beans, should account for about 10% of calories;
Fat, which can be found in butter, oils, margarine, dairy products, and nuts, should account for about 35% of calories;
Carbohydrates, which can be found in bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, corn, and other grain products, should account for about 55% of calories.
2. Fruit and vegetables are extremely important because they provide vitamins like folic acid, minerals like iron, and fiber that aid digestion and prevent constipation. Consume at least five portions of fruits and vegetables each day.
3. Avoid raw foods, eggs, and seafood, especially sushi, because Listeria and Salmonella illness can be caused by any undercooked meat, shellfish, or eggs.
Stay away from soft cheeses like Feta, Brie, and Camembert, which can all lead to Listeria infection.
4. Don't eat liver or liver products like pâté or sausage since they're high in vitamin A, which might harm your baby if ingested in large amounts.
Have a happy and healthy pregnancy!