Eating for one, two, or more? Yes, there comes a time when women really need to consider their diets. And becoming pregnant is one of those times. In the 40 weeks or so of pregnancy, as well as before and after, a healthy lifestyle should include eating a balanced diet, gaining weight the right way, physical activity, and supplementation that may be prescribed by your physician. Avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and other harmful substances is also recommended.
Your diet may include: Whole grains, Fruits, Vegetables (a variety of colors), Lean Protein (meat, chicken, fish, eggs, beans and peas. Limit white albacore tuna to 6 ounces per week. (Avoid: shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish).
Iron In, Anemia Out
During pregnancy, the recommended amount of iron increases from 18(mg) per day to 27(mg) per day. Symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia can range from dizziness and fatigue to premature labor. The best sources of iron are meat and legumes. The Lucky Iron Fish could help increase daily iron needs! Add the fish to a pot of boiling water for soup, rice or other entrees, and it provides a family with up to 75% of their daily iron intake. The fish lasts for 5 years. It’ll let you know when it’s time to get a new one by turning its smile upside down. Learn more www.luckyironfish.com
Get Fortified at Breakfast
Getting the 400 mcg of Vitamin B (folic acid) every day is easy! Simply eat a serving of breakfast cereal that has been enriched with 100% of the daily value of folic acid. Not every cereal has this amount. Check the label on the side of the box, and look for one that has “100%” next to folic acid.
TIP... Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gum disease, which in turn, can affect the health of your developing baby. So, brush, floss, waterpik daily!