Tips For Eating Healthy During Pregnancy

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Since it's Baby Week on Discovery Health I thought I would do a little blog round-up on pregnancy nutrition.

As much as I would love to claim that I had great eating habits during my pregnancies (16 & 19 years ago), I have to admit that I made my share of pregnancy nutrition fopauxs. For example...I didn't drink even one glass of milk (I hate milk), and I gained over forty pounds each pregnancy. But enough about me, here are some posts by women trying to get it right.

From Amy at The Lawsons did Dallas - The Pregnancy Diet For Hotties...

I have taken the initiative to change my life for the better and I've officially instituted the The Pregnancy Diet for HOTTIES! And yes, when you say it out loud, the word "HOTTIES!" should be enunciated with all sorts of pizazz. You're also encouraged to show the world your matter what word you're saying.

This revolutionary new diet was developed in my in-house laboratory.

Yes, exactly. I made it up myself.

From Keeper of the Home -Healthy,Natural Pregnancy: Something Fishy...

You've probably heard that fish is incredibly high in good omega 3 fatty acids, perfect not only for the pregnant mama's health but especially for developing that sweet little one (omega 3s are essential for proper brain development, among other things). You have probably also heard that, very sadly, our fish are being contaminated by heavy metals and other toxins (especially mercury) at an alarming rate, due to water pollution, making fish consumption a risky deal during pregnancy. Both are true.

So just what is a health-conscious, fish-loving pregnant mama to do?

From EWG, here is an excellent guide to choosing what to eat for dinner:

and Healthy, Natural Pregnancy: Prenatal Vitamins...

About a week before delivering my first child, I had a sudden panic attack. What if there was something wrong with her? What if she hadn't developed properly because of that one month when I didn't take any prenatal vitamins, or because I enjoyed a few ice creams during the hot, Japanese summer afternoons? Did I eat enough green and orange veggies? Did I get all my protein? Had I always remembered to drink my 8-10 glasses of water a day?

Thankfully, the big day came, and she was not only beautiful, but just perfect and incredibly healthy. Phew!

Although I am a big proponent of health and good nutrition and I believe that a healthier mom and diet makes for a much healthier baby, it may surprise you to know that I actually don't take a typical prenatal supplement. I do, however, pay even closer attention to my diet than usual, and focus on supplementing my whole foods diet with a few specifics that I think are especially important.

From Fit and Fabulous Pregnancy Blog - Water Intake During Your Pregnancy...

1.Water carries nutrients through your blood to your baby!

2.Water helps prevent bladder infections, which are common during pregnancy.

3.Water helps prevent constipation.

4.Water helps with hemorrhoids.

5.Although it may seem counterproductive, drinking enough water actually helps

you NOT retain water.

6.Water helps prevent dehydration which is especially important in your third

trimester when dehydration can cause contractions that can trigger preterm labor.

Here is a video with tips for eating healthy during pregnancy...

From Cranky Fitness - Obesity, Probiotics, and Pregnancy...

Good news for pregnant yogurt-lovers! Scientists in Finland looked into the effects of probiotic consumption during pregnancy. And they found that probiotics helped reduce post-pregnancy obesity levels.

Probiotics, as you may recall, are those "good" bugs that live in cultured foods like yogurt and kefir. (As opposed to the "bad" bugs you get when you drop your food on the kitchen floor and, if no-one's looking, decide to invoke the "five second rule" and eat it anyway.)

And this is from the Discovery Health Baby Week website - Pregnancy Diet Tips...

What to Eat
While there’s no single must-have nutrient for expectant moms, there are some—folate (folic acid), iron, calcium, omega-3 fats and fiber—that play important roles in a healthy pregnancy. Folate-rich leafy green vegetables, beans and citrus fruits are high on our list, along with iron-rich lean red meats, fish, poultry and dried fruits and calcium-heavy, low-fat dairy. Certain fish provide safe amounts of omega-3s, and whole grains and legumes supply the fiber.

What to Avoid
During pregnancy, foods to avoid are soft, raw or unpasteurized cheeses like Brie, Camembert, feta or goat cheese, high-mercury fish like shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish, and alcohol. As always, go easy on saturated fats, sodium, caffeine and empty sugar calories. And ask your doctor about prenatal supplements, and about any changes to your diet or exercise program.

What nutrition tips do you have for moms-to-be?

Contributing Editor Catherine Morgan
at and Women4Hope


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