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A guide to eating healthy during pregnancy in order to avoid health related problems for a pregnant women and their baby.

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A guide to eating healthy during pregnancy

  1. 1. ==== ====One of the most pressing issues for pregnant women today is diet and nutrition. With theavailability of preprocessed foods and fast-food restaurants, it’s easy to unconsciously do harm tooneself by making poor food choices. For more information and tips click here:http://www.diet-for-pregnant-women.com/==== ====Pregnancy, the most vital phase in a womens life, makes her go through several psychological,emotional and physical changes. With the evolving baby in your body, your body begins todemand more from its average intake of diet. This is where a balanced pregnancy diet bridges thegap for extra nutrients that your body requires for a healthy pregnancy.Plan Your Diet WiselyAlthough the demand for nutrients increases during pregnancy, but it is always wise to plan andchoose food from various food groups. Ensure that your nutrition during pregnancy has food likevegetables, fruits, grains, pulses and milk products which are rich in calcium, protein, Vitamin A,Band C. Apart from these food combinations you have to ensure that you have certain nutrientswhich are vital for you and your childs growth during your pregnancy stage. For the sake of easelet us list down the nutrients which play a significant role in our pregnancy diet:-Folic Acid In Pregnancy DietFolic acid, better known as Folate, is rich in vitamin B and is found mostly in green leafyvegetables such as spinach, orange juice and kale(type of Cabbage). Folate prevents your childfrom serious abnormalities of the brain and spine. Lack of Folic acid leads to inadequate growth ofthe fetus, underdeveloped brain, incomplete closure of spinal cord, preterm delivery and low birthweight.Calcium in pregnancy dietCalcium is another important nutrient, which should be a part of your pregnancy Diet. Calcium isused by the body. When a womens body begins to lack in calcium, the body itself begins to takecalcium from the bones needed for the baby, thus making the bones weak and in the end fragileenough to break (osteoporosis). Having dairy products like fat free milk, hard cheese, green leafyvegetables like kale, fortified food like Orange juice and cereals will help you overcome yourdeficiency for calcium.Iron In Pregnancy DietDuring your pregnancy period, the need for iron intake also increases. Iron in our blood helps carryoxygen to the blood cells. During pregnancy women have blood in excess volume, so this excessblood requires an excess amount of iron. During pregnancy not just your blood cells but yourgrowing childs cells require oxygen, this is where again the demand for the amount of oxygen is
  2. 2. fulfilled by iron.Lack of iron leads to Anemia, which can result in preterm delivery or low weight baby, excessivelow iron could make your child anemic in infancy. Iron deficiency can be made up by having redmeat, shellfish, beans, potatoes and iron fortified cereals.Concerns On Pregnancy Weight PlanningPregnancy weight has always been a matter of concern for women during pregnancy. Weightvaries from women to women and from pregnancy to pregnancy, so you need not worry too much.If you are underweight try to gain a little weight as underweight women mostly have underweightbabies. Doctors normally try to ensure that you gain weight through your pregnancy diet. If youdont your body fat is used to support pregnancy.If overweight you obviously do not want to gain more, but losing weight during pregnancy is not agood idea as it could affect your child. Thus, overweight women should try not to gain anythingmore than 15 pounds throughout their pregnancy.On a closing note, have a balanced and disciplined pregnancy diet for a happy and healthymotherhood.Having a balanced pregnancy diet is very important during the pregnancy period. One should takecare of diet and nutrition during pregnancy to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.Pregnancy-Period.Com has almost all that you would like to know about pregnancy and relatedissues.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Apurva_Jain==== ====One of the most pressing issues for pregnant women today is diet and nutrition. With theavailability of preprocessed foods and fast-food restaurants, it’s easy to unconsciously do harm tooneself by making poor food choices. For more information and tips click here:http://www.diet-for-pregnant-women.com/
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