Pregnancy Diet

It is important to consider your diet during pregnancy. Eating healthy can increase your odds of having a healthy baby and staying healthy yourself. Eating well is necessary for your baby's growth, proper brain development, reduced risk of birth defects and a strong immune system. That doesn’t mean an occasional hamburger and fries will make baby sick, but it does mean you have an important responsibility to eat a nutritious diet.

The bad news you don’t really have to eat for two people. Diet during pregnancy shouldn’t change that drastically from a normal, healthy diet. It is generally recommended that pregnant women increase their daily intake by 100 calories in the first trimester and 300 calories in the second and third trimester .

A pregnancy diet does not have to complicated or expensive. You do need to think carefully about the food choices you make. A consistent diet of junk food, empty calories and caffeinated sodas has risks for both you and baby.

There are also some specific foods to to avoid while pregnant. The March of Dimes says these foods are not safe to eat during pregnancy:

  • Raw fish, especially shellfish.
  • Soft-scrambled eggs and foods made with raw or lightly cooked eggs.
  • Unpasteurized juices.
  • Raw sprouts, especially alfalfa sprouts.
  • Unpasteurized soft cheeses, such as brie, feta, Camembert, Roquefort, queso blanco, queso fresco and Panela.
  • Unpasteurized milk and any foods made from it.
  • Herbal supplements and teas.

Are pickles and ice cream part of a good pregnancy diet? Maybe not; many pregnant women experience cravings but maintaining a balanced diet while pregnant is more important than ever. So eat healthy - do not skip meals. And a little ice cream is fine – with or without pickles. Now some may be worried about getting too overweight. It is quite normal to gain 25 to 35 punds during pregnancy. If, however, you are worried about retaining that extra flab after pregnancy, but that's nothing dieting and exercise can solve or you might want to see a liposuction doctor.

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