For many women, pregnancy provides the opportunity and push they have been waiting for to begin eating a more healthy diet.
Omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, Paleo, gluten-free, Weston-Price, which ever one you feel is right for you, you can have a healthy pregnancy as long as you maintain a proper balance and make wise choices.
A balanced diet is one that includes:
- Protein – about 25% of your calories each day
- Plenty of Vegetables – especially greens
- Healthy fats
- Complex carbohydrates consumed in moderation
- Fruit in moderation
Consuming a well-balanced diet will have more influence on your baby’s health at birth than just about any other thing you can do.
Do not use pregnancy as an excuse to indulge your cravings and put on excessive weight. This is not to say you cannot enjoy the occasional ice cream, just don’t over do it. Especially watch the night time snacks. Eating ice cream or other empty calories right before bed tends to put weight on you and the baby and should be avoided.
Depending on her size, the average women should expect to gain 25 to 30 pounds over the course of her pregnancy…more
Your diet is also directly related to potential problems such as:
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