Foods to stay away from during pregnancyThere are a number of foods which you need to steer clear of during your pregnancy. Some because they hold no nutritional value for you and your baby at all, and some because they could cause all sorts of complications. You will want to avoid:
- Fast foods
- Foods which contain raw eggs
- Soft cheeses
- Raw & undercooked meats
- Any fish which contains high mercury
Prenatal vitamin-mineral supplementsBecause we don’t live in a perfect world, and you can never ensure that you and your baby are getting every single bit of nutrition you need, if you are not already taking prenatal vitamins, then now is a good time to start. Prenatal vitamins contain the daily amounts of vitamins and minerals that your body may require during pregnancy. Prenatal vitamins are very different from normal supplements and multivitamins, because of it’s folic acid and iron content. These two are the most important supplements during your pregnancy. Women who suffer from complications, such as diabetes, gestational diabetes, or anemia as well as those who may be strict vegetarians, should definitely speak to your doctor about your nutritional and prenatal vitamin requirements.
DO NOT diet while you’re pregnantWhatever you do, DO NOT diet at all during your pregnancy. This could potentially be the single most hazardous task you could even possibly think about doing! This is simply NOT the time to even be thinking about this. Weight gain is one of the most positive signs of a healthy pregnancy. Women who eat well and gain the appropriate amount of weight are more likely to have healthy babies, and they are also more likely to loose the weight post pregnancy. Read our article on weight gain during pregnancy to ensure that your weight gain is steady and correct.
Treat yourselfDon’t forget to treat yourself during your pregnancy as well, but this doesn’t mean you need to jump into eating a whole slab of chocolate, or ordering piles of processed food. Sure, why not treat your self to a hamburger or a bit of chocolate every now and then. But why not make homemade burgers, full of fresh tomato, lettuce and cheese rather than some greasy fast food hamburger. You could also try other healthier alternatives, such as smoothies, frozen fruit and yoghurt, fruits and trail mix. Related Video In our pregnancy video section we have a whole range of videos for you to watch which cover a whole range of subjects, from general pregnancy, complications, newborn care and even beauty. We have a video which related to the eating habits and nutrition – so be sure to check it out in the video section here
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