Nutrition and Pregnancy: The Importance of a Good Diet

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims that 300 extra calories should be consumed by pregnant women to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

The extra caloric intake should be in the form of healthy vitamin rich foods such as proteins, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.

Healthy foods will aid in lessening certain symptoms that are present in pregnancy, such as, morning sickness and constipation.

While weight gain is expected during pregnancy, it should be kept to a healthy level. Too much excess weight can cause health issues such as gestational diabetes and can make delivery difficult.

One way to follow a good diet is to consult the Food Guide Pyramid, which will give you a basis to build your diet around. Vitamin and mineral supplements are also important while pregnant as the body depletes these at a much more rapid pace than while not pregnant.

Sufficient fluid intake is also essential for pregnant women. Six to eight glasses of water along with any other fluids such as milk, juice or broths should be enough to sustain a woman on a daily basis.

Caffeine and artificial sweeteners are diuretics and should be taken in moderation. Consulting with … Read More