Mothers have to know the answer to this question: “How should your diet be during pregnancy?” in order to experience a peaceful pregnancy and to bring a healthy baby into this world. Lots of women gain a lot of weight during pregnancy because they are misinformed and this causes several health problems for themselves and their baby.
Just like when you are not expecting, a healthy and balanced nutrition is important. It is true that you must eat a little more for your baby’s development, but this amount is not as much as most people think. Eating one extra portion is enough to feed your baby. This means that a pregnant woman should eat 6 portions a day instead of 3. By doing this you will eat smaller portions but more times a day, this will help you reach a balanced diet.
Like always, pregnant women should eat lots and lots of vegetables and fruit because the vitamins and minerals you get from them are beneficial for the development of the child as much as it is for the health of the mother. It is very important to drink enough water to ensure a sufficient liquid intake during the pregnancy. Expecting women should drink at least 2 litres of water a day. Food that does not have much nutrition and contains lots of calories like sweets, bread, chips and fast food should be avoided. When pregnant women have sweet cravings, they should opt for milk based sweets instead of sugar based sweets.
During pregnancy alcohol and cigarettes should be avoided and caffeine intake should be brought to a minimum. Raw meat, raw eggs and sausage, mayonnaise and non-pasteurized milk should be avoided too by pregnant women.
The answer to the question what should my diet look like during pregnancy is best provided by a doctor. Any question that pregnant women have, they should direct it to the doctor when they go for a check up, if there is any food that the doctor forbids, you should listen to it.