How to Eat Healthy While Pregnant

By Becky Tiramatsa

Some women crave soil or pickles and ice cream while pregnant, but no matter what you’re itching to eat when you’re knocked up, it’s essential to prioritize a healthy diet. Learning how to eat healthy while pregnant is extremely important because the growth and development of your baby depends on it.

In order to have a healthy pregnancy, you should consume about 300 extra calories per day. Those extra calories should be made up of an additional 10 grams of protein per day and 50 percent more of important vitamins and minerals. Most women gain about 22 to 28 pounds during pregnancy. It’s okay to gain between 30 and 35 pounds when you’re pregnant if you were underweight prior to the pregnancy.

Eat a Variety of Foods

Be sure to eat a diverse selection of foods so that you get all of the nutrients your body needs. The types of foods you ought to eat include whole grains, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and nuts and legumes. Eat fats and sweets sparingly.

Foods to Avoid

Part of knowing how to eat healthy while pregnant is having an idea of what foods to avoid. Alcohol intake should be avoided during pregnancy because alcohol is associated with premature delivery, birth defects, and other pregnancy problems. Furthermore, pregnant women should not consume more than 300mg of caffeine per day. Shark, swordfish, tilefish, and king mackerel should also be avoided because of their high mercury content.

Try These Super Foods

If you know how to eat healthy while pregnant but aren’t sure where to start, try experimenting with these super foods:

Avocadoes. Rich in folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and potassium

Carrots. Contain plenty of vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin C

Lentils. Rich in folic acid, protein, iron, and vitamin B6

Oatmeal. Full of iron, B vitamins, and fiber

Spinach. Contains folic acid, vitamin A, calcium, and iron

These are just a few examples of the many healthy foods you can eat during pregnancy. There are tons of other super foods to choose from. Remember: the more natural the food is, the better it will be for you and your baby!

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