Pregnancy Diet: What to Eat and What to Avoid
By: Tiffany Simmons, Freelance Writer
Being pregnant can be the best and the weirdest journey that you will ever experience as a mother. Your body is going through changes that you don’t experience on a monthly basis and you are literally growing a human inside of you, crazy right?
While it may be quite the extraordinary experience it can be difficult if you don’t provide your body with the necessary fuel that it needs to sustain itself for nine long months. What you eat is just as important as what you don’t eat throughout your pregnancy.
It can be quite difficult for a mother to understand what to include and no longer continue doing when it comes to her eating habits. But you have no need to worry because we are going to give you the Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to pregnancy dietary needs.
Don’t consume alcohol
If you are women from Europe and you are reading this then your opinion on consuming alcoholic beverages during pregnancy may be drastically different from that of someone from the United States. However, it is recommended by physicians all over the United States and many other countries that you limit and cut out alcoholic beverages altogether.
The consumption of alcohol during pregnancy can cause what is known as fetal alcohol syndrome. This can cause developmental delays as well as a plethora of issues.
Do drink lots of water
In general people should drink an average of eight glasses of water on a daily basis. When you are pregnant the number of glasses of water you consume doubles because water is needed to not only produce amniotic fluid, but to also keep you hydrated.
Because your body is now providing nourishment for you and your child, it takes a lot more energy to undertake such a large task. You need to keep yourself functioning in order to provide proper nutrition for your growing fetus.
Don’t eat lots of fried foods
There are some things known as good fats but fried foods are not one of them. Doctors recommend that you can gain anywhere from 15-20 pounds throughout the course of your pregnancy and anything more can put you at risk of contracting preeclampsia or gestational diabetes. Both of these can leave you on bed rest as well as put you and your baby at risk of causing preterm labor. When a child is born before they are ready their lungs could be underdeveloped as well as other complications that would leave them in the hospital fighting for their lives.
Do take a prenatal supplement
Doctors will prescribe you a prenatal supplement because although we as mothers try to do everything in our power to provide our children with the nutrition they need we aren’t always able to provide every single vitamin. The prenatal supplement will supply your body with the right amount of vitamins and minerals that you and your child needs during pregnancy.
After you give birth, some doctors may recommend that you continue to take the supplement because you need these vitamins on a daily basis to continue to stay healthy.
Don’t consume raw foods
We understand that some of you are avid sushi eaters but consuming raw and uncooked food during pregnancy is a huge no no. It can cause you to contract a life-threatening illness from bacteria like salmonella, listeria, and e.coli. Make sure that any and all foods you consume are cooked until done and prepared properly to make sure the likelihood of you contracting any of these are unlikely.
Do enjoy your pregnancy
It can be difficult to remember all of the Do’s and Don’ts of pregnancy but one thing you should never forget is to simply enjoy being pregnant. Life passes so quickly and once your little one is in this world you will find yourself wishing they were still in your belly covered and protected by you.
Children are a blessing and one of the best gifts we experience as mothers is being able to carry them in our wombs until they are ready to make their entrance into the world.
About the Author:
Tiffany Simmons is a Georgia mom, wife and aspiring children’s book writer. She holds a BS in Mass Communications and Marketing from the University of West Georgia. Tiffany left a career in the healthcare profession to become a freelance writer for childmode.com