First of all – congratulations! Of course, you always have to take care of your nutrition and make sure everything you eat is healthy, but it often happens that we, for one reason or another, reach out for junk food or any other unhealthy food. Now, you absolutely must not allow that to happen and you are to avoid those at all costs, since now you are actually feeding two persons at once and one is much more vulnerable than the other. Therefore, even some seemingly good meals such as latte or doughnut can be really harmful. Keep reading this article in order to find out what food is good for both of you and how you can stay healthy, because we are going to give you many useful tips that will help you.
The most important piece of advice
The first and most important thing you need to know is that the belief that because you suddenly became two you should start “eating for two” is an absolute nonsense. Namely, you should not change anything or eat more than you used to before you got pregnant, since what you actually need are good nutrition, meaning normal meals that positively affect your well-being, and avoiding over-eating. So, if you manage to do these, both you and your baby are going to be much more healthier than if you actually decide to “eat for two”.
Fruits and vegetables
Okay, now that we have broken this silly myth, let us talk about the things you actually should do. Pregnancy is a time when your body craves for certain stuff, such as proteins, calcium, folic acid, etc. You can find almost all of these in most common fruits and veggies everyone loves eating, since they all are full of useful things, such as potassium, vitamin C, fibers and so on, that will prevent any risk of birth defects. For example, all sorts of berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries) are an excellent choice. But, those are not the only great solutions when it comes to eating fruits and vegetables. Actually, it is for the best to get as much fruits and veggies on your plate, so that it is overflowed with various colors. It does not matter whether we are talking about green, orange, red or yellow fruits – it is crucial that you eat as much of them as possible.
What to avoid?
Of course, there are some things to avoid no matter what. Although this does not apply to pregnant women only, but to everyone else, they are to be extremely cautious. For instance, you should not eat eggs, sushi or unpasteurized juice in large quantities, because they can often contain bacteria or other illness-inducing parasites that can be truly bad for your child’s and your own health. As for the two things that always must be brought up when talking about pregnancy – caffeine and alcohol, there is not much to say. Both of these are completely okay, only if you are not exaggerating and taking lots of them.
All in all, as a pregnant woman, it is not very difficult for you to maintain nutrition that is beneficial for you and your child, if you simply dispel some myths and not make any huge changes. Yes, you should correct a thing or two, but that is about it, since anything else could only be detrimental to your well-being.