Good nutrition can lead to a healthier and more comfortable pregnancy. It can give you more energy, reduce your risk of pregnancy complications such as anaemia, morning sickness, and constipation, and make you feel better in general. Proper nutrition is also excellent for your growing baby.
Here are some nutritional tips to help you stay as healthy as possible during your pregnancy.
- See your doctor for early and regular prenatal care to follow your nutrition, weight gain, and general health during your pregnancy.
- If possible, begin taking a daily supplement folic acid before you become pregnant. Then, continue taking folic acid during your pregnancy and eat a variety of foods containing folate.
- During pregnancy, eat foods high in iron. You can also take Vitamin C along with iron-rich foods to help your body absorb more of the iron.
- Try to get enough calcium and take your prenatal vitamin plus any other supplements that your doctor orders.
- Gain the appropriate amount of weight based on your BMI and your doctor’s guidance.
- Avoid skipping meals or fasting. Instead, eat five times a day including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
- Take the time to rest when you’re feeling tired. It will help to combat fatigue and stress.
- DHA, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin D, and Prenatal Vitamins require for you and your baby’s holistic health.
- If you have any health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure you may need additional diet advice. Talk to your doctor, a nutritionist, or a dietitian.
- If your doctor says it’s okay, try to stay active. Mild to moderate exercise is usually well tolerated as long as you aren't experiencing any pregnancy complications.
- Look to your friends and family members as support or seek out women in online or in-person groups for assistance during your pregnancy. Sharing delicious, healthy recipes with other pregnant women can help you stay on track.
- Do not use alcohol or drugs while you’re pregnant, and if you smoke, try to quit.
- Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about your health or your diet.
You and your growing baby need water. You should drink about eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water or other fluids each day to stay hydrated and healthy. Water
- Fruit juice
- Ice tea
- Hot tea