If you are pregnant, congratulations! Naturally, you will want to look after your baby properly, as well as yourself. I have pulled together a wealth of information that can help you to make sure that you have a healthy pregnancy, and thereby work towards delivering a healthy baby. Remember that the saying “you are what you eat” is never more true than during pregnancy. Anything you eat, your baby eats as well, and that has to be your starting point towards healthy nutrition during pregnancy.
Throughout my own pregnancies, I came to understand that there were key differences in nutritional needs during the different trimesters. As my baby grew inside me, my appetite started to change. I had cravings, which are common during pregnancy, and I was all too happy to “eat for two”. Of course, I now know that you can’t simply double your calories just because you are pregnant, so some of the things I will be discussing with you is how to make sure that your calorie intake does not get out of hand. Weight gain during pregnancy is normal, but you should not allow your weight to become problematic.
Another thing I will discuss with you, are those foods that you must avoid when you are pregnant. Unfortunately, you cannot eat everything anymore, because some foods can be harmful to your unborn baby. The issue about drinking alcohol will be tackled head on. There is so much misinformation, disinformation, and general non-clarity about alcohol and pregnancy that I wanted to dedicate an entire section to it.
I will also look at the do’s and don’ts of nutrition during pregnancy in more detail. I will look at specific elements, such as green tea, supplements, vitamins, the types of food you can and can’t eat, how to stay healthy, how to consume a balanced diet, and more. Essentially, all the information you could possibly need to make sure you eat well and live well during those precious nine months will be right here at your fingertips.
Most of all, I want to stress that you enjoy those magical 40 weeks. They are truly special and they are a chance for you to start to bond with your unborn child, who will be with you for the rest of your life. Through this section, you will learn how to give your baby the best possible start in life, while looking after yourself as well.