If you just found out you are pregnant, you need to start thinking about your eating habits during this time. Now that you have a baby growing inside you, you need to take care of yourself and the baby; that means eating (healthily) for two. To help you out a bit – after all your diet isn’t the only thing that’s about to change and you’re probably slightly overwhelmed at this very moment – we have done some research on the best recommended pregnancy diets, straight from the doctor’s office! Here you will find all the information you need to ensure the great development of your baby.
1. Planning Your Pregnancy Diet Plan
The first thing you want to do, when planning your pregnancy diet, is to make sure that you eat food coming from all different food groups and have variety; even if you think you are getting all your nutrients by eating always the same ‘healthy’ foods, you might be missing out. Variety is key; make sure that each meal includes different types of food and that you vary all your meals within the day or the week.
2۔ Vitamins and nutrients
Vitamins and nutrients definitely have to be an important part of your pregnancy diet. Many pregnant women end up opting for pre-natal vitamins; that’s an excellent option even if you think you are getting enough vitamins in your diet. Supplement your pregnancy diet with pre-natal vitamins; you can get those over the counter or even get a prescription for your doctor, if he or she believes that you need a specific brand or composition.
3. Avoid Junk Food
Avoid empty calories! Junk food and other snacks that do not have any nutritious ingredient are no good for your pregnancy diet; this is a principle of healthy eating to start with. Substitute your daily sugary or salty snack with a portion of fruits or vegetables for example. This will go a long way to make sure that everything you eat is healthy, that you aren’t hungry and of course, that you are getting as many vitamins and nutrients as possible. Anything that will have your stomach growl an hour after you eat is referred to as ‘empty calories’ – skip the Big Mac!
4. Occasionally You can take Cravings
One thing that you need to remember is that no matter how much you want to stick to your pregnancy diet, you will probably eat one thing or two that will stick to your conscience (if not your thighs!). However, remember that eating healthy is key but you also need to stay mentally sane, so don’t hesitate to satisfy one or two of your cravings occasionally! A pregnancy diet doesn’t have to be a hassle, or hard to stick to. It should be balanced between the things that keep you and your baby healthy and the things that keep you and your taste buds happy!