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Right food for expectant mothers

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Matron Ben
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Right food for expectant mothers

Unread post by Matron Ben » Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:01 pm

The popular cliché that you are what you eat also includes your unborn baby. Put directly, when you are pregnant, whatever you eat is what your unborn baby feeds from! Therefore, if you want to have a healthy baby at birth, feed yourself well with the right food and your baby too would have every cause to be healthy. If you are still not convinced about this, find out the facts and results about having a healthy diet in pregnancy.

You should know that this is a period you shouldn’t play with fresh vegetables and fruits. Eat enough of them because they help to prevent constipation and make digestion faster and easier. That is what you and your unborn bundle of joy require more than those candies and chocolates you crave for. You may need to eat a variety of vegetables and fruits so that you don’t get bored with a particular one. Variety, they say, is the spice of life, so also variety of fruits and vegetables will give you the right balance of nutrients that you and your baby need. But remember not to overcook your vegetables. Wash them thoroughly in a salty water first to get rid of sand and grit and then rinse thoroughly.

However, that you are eating lots of veggies and fruits does not mean jettisoning some supplements or vitamins you are placed on during this period. Still take your drugs. When you are pregnant, you would probably find that you are more hungry than usual “but you don’t need to ‘eat for two’ even if you are expecting twins or triplets,” says a medical expert.

Have a healthy breakfast everyday as this can help you to avoid snacking on foods that are high in fat and sugar. For instance, drinking more than a bottle of soft drink in a day is not healthy. Rather, take more food drinks that are full in nutrients and energy. There is no wrong in taking starchy foods when pregnant?

“Starchy foods are important source of vitamins and fibre, and are satisfying without containing too many calories. These include bread, potatoes, rice, maize, millet, wheat, oats, sweet potatoes, and yams, to mention but a few.

These foods should be the main part of every meal. Eat wholesome meal instead of processed white varieties when you can,” says a health expert.

Foods that are sources of protein are meat, preferably lean meat, and for white meat, remove the skin; fish, poultry, eggs, beans and nuts.

“Try to eat portions of fish a week, one of which should be oily fish such as salmon, sardines or mackerel,” said the medic.

Dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yoghurt are important in pregnancy because, according to dieticians, they contain calcium and other nutrients that your baby needs. Choose low fat varieties wherever possible.

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