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Pregnancy diet: Follow a healthy eating plan

Pregnancy & Toddlers • 08 May 2017

By following a healthy eating plan, you can ensure the good health of your unborn baby from the day you find out that you’re pregnant. Simply make small changes to your eating plan.

During pregnancy you can be bombarded with health information from family and friends trying to weigh in on what you should and shouldn’t do.

 

This can be a very intimidating time, so we’ve put together a list of easy diet tips and guidelines to help you focus on what to eat during pregnancy.

Steer clear of unsafe foods

Some foods are unsafe because they can be a possible source of bacteria which could be harmful to your foetus. Keep away from:

Stop weight loss diet plans

Following a fad diet during pregnancy could be harmful to both you and your baby. Many diet plans are created to help you lose weight by lowering calorie intake. This is dangerous as these diets sometimes also leave you low on iron, vitamins and minerals which are all very important for the healthy growth and development of your unborn child.

Instead of limiting your intake of certain foods, follow a healthy eating plan by introducing plenty of fruits and vegetables to your diet.

A great way to ensure that you’re eating enough nutritious foods is to set up a weekly menu planner. This will allow you to plan healthy meals ahead of time.

Take prenatal supplements

Prenatal supplements provide you and your baby with the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for your baby to thrive. Be sure to include a prenatal supplement that contains folic acid.

Consult with your doctor about what prenatal supplements to use as they’ll be able to inform you what supplements are important during the various stages of your pregnancy.

No alcohol

Consuming alcohol during pregnancy is extremely dangerous to your baby and can cause an array of problems, including physical defects, learning disabilities and emotional issues.

Eat small meals frequently

It’s best to eat small healthy meals, about five to six times throughout the day. Starting your day with a nutritious breakfast and frequently eating small meals will not only keep your metabolism happy, but also help curb cravings.

Break up your meals: start with breakfast, then a mid-morning snack, lunch, late afternoon snack, supper and then a late night snack again.

You don’t have to eat a full-portion meal for each sit-down; rather opt for smaller snacks like a handful of nuts, fruits and seeds.

Below are a few suggestions on what to eat during pregnancy:

Breakfast:

Lunch:

Supper:

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