Thursday, 13 June 2013

HEALTHY EATING DURING PREGNANCY

Eating for two is not necessary during pregnancy but it is really important to eat a healthy diet. Being pregnant should not be used as an excuse to pig out. During pregnancy your body is able to absorb more of the nutrients you eat. Your body becomes more efficient when you’re pregnant, and makes even better use of the energy you get from your food.  Being pregnant means you are responsible for your baby’s health by choosing foods and drinks that are right for him. Your baby is totally dependent on you for getting enough vitamins and nutrients. A well-balanced diet should contain something from all the food groups. Eat a variety of foods; minimize extra foods that have empty calories. . Eating the wrong foods and overindulging will leave you piling up pounds which will find you having a hard time trying to get rid of, once your baby arrives. To avoid constipation, eat lots of fibre-rich foods such as fruit, vegetables, wholemeal bread and cereal and ensure that you are drinking enough of water. Eat high iron foods. Do not restrict your diet during pregnancy. Don’t skip meals. If your appetite is poor try eating small amounts of food throughout the day. You may feel more hungry than usual, but there is no need to eat for two. The women who had gained too much weight were four times as likely to be obese and more than twice as likely to be overweight.

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