Being pregnant can be such a wonderful time of your life, if a little bit scary too! Knowing exactly how to take the greatest care of your unborn baby is something that partly comes naturally, and is partly through research and doctor appointments. Many new mothers will read through pregnancy books, blogs and advice from others, to ensure that they are making the right choices for their baby.
One of the most important ways to look after yourself whilst pregnant is through your nutrition, and what you eat and drink; although you already know that! What you might not know is exactly what to eat (or not to eat) and drink, to get the very best for your child. Here are 5 of the very best pregnancy tips, from nutrition experts and experienced mothers.
1. Seafood Should NOT Be Avoided
It’s constantly being debated by nutrition and medical experts, but the fact is some seafood should actually be eaten during pregnancy. Fish is full of Omega 3 oils, which can help with your baby’s brain development as well as their vision.
However, there is also mercury in fish, which is what worries many pregnant women about consuming it. As a result, it’s okay to eat seafood as long as you avoid things such as swordfish, mackerel and shark, and limit yourself to around 300-350 grams per week.
2. Stay Away From Fad Diets
We all want to get our bikini body back after having a baby, which is why some women decide to diet during pregnancy. There are many fad ‘pregnancy diets’ which tell you to keep away from protein, carbs or fat in order to get back in shape quicker.
Some of these diets will even tell you that it is good for the baby ! This is wrong and fad diets should really be avoided at all costs!
Your baby needs a healthy balance of all the food groups, to ensure that they develop properly during pregnancy. As for that bikini body? Well, make sure you eat sensibly after giving birth and do plenty of exercise; the healthy way to lose weight.
3. Eat 55,000 More Calories
Believe it or not, a new-born baby needs around 55,000 calories to be healthy and at a good weight. This is over the full 9 months of course, so only equates to around 300 extra calories a day. Make sure you are getting those extra calories during pregnancy though, or there could be slight complications.
Good ways to get that extra 300 calories include:
• A glass of full fat milk fruit and a bagel
• Scrambled eggs on toast and a can of tomato soup with bread
Make sure you are still getting all of your vital food groups and mix up that little ‘extra meal’ a day.
4. Put Down the Salad
Not all salad of course, but there are some salad items that you really need to avoid. There are some types of salad which are a breeding ground for bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella, all of which can have a really negative impact on your pregnancy.
Things such as packaged salads, self-service salad counters, pasta salad and coleslaw are a prime example of no-go zones. Even if the packaged salad has been washed and looks clean, there is no telling what nasty bacteria lurks beneath. Stick to buying the ingredients fresh, washing them yourself and then making a healthy salad from scratch.
5. To Drink or Not To Drink Red Wine
The age old question; does a glass of red wine every now and then actually do any harm or good? It seems as though there will never be a definitive answer to this question and so it completely depends on what you feel is right.
If even a sip of wine makes you sick, then it’s your body telling you no!
However, some women feel a small glass (175ml) of red wine every now and then actually helps them through their pregnancy. It is up to you, but ask your friends and family to see what their choice was during their own pregnancy, as their answer could help you make up your own mind.
About The Author
This post was written by Jonathon from Nature’s Best, who sell a range of supplements to help during pregnancy (more info here). Jonathon is a nutrition specialist who loves to write about healthy living.