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Nutritional Requirements During Pregnancy

Without a doubt, a nutritious, well-balanced eating plan can be one of the greatest gifts you give to your soon-to-be-born baby. Pregnancy nutrition is essential to a healthy baby. Ideally, adopting a healthy eating plan before pregnancy is best. No matter how many weeks are left on your countdown calendar, it’s never too late to start! Supplying your own body with a tasty blend of nutritious foods can not only improve your fertility, keep you feeling healthy during pregnancy, and pave the way for an easier labor, but it can also help to establish essential building blocks of growth and overall health for your child. Here are some myths and realities about nutritional needs of a pregnant woman.

Myth : Now that you are pregnant, you should be eating for TWO or (eating twice as much )

Fact:  It is true that your nutrient needs increase, but energy requirements only increase about 300 calories per day for the second and third trimester of pregnancy.

Myth: Gaining less weight during pregnancy will make delivery easier.

Fact: Mothers who do not gain enough weight during pregnancy place their babies at risk for severe complications such as premature birth, which can cause lung and heart problems.

Myth: If you gain the right amount of weight during pregnancy, none of it will be fat gain.

Fact: A healthy pregnancy includes fat storage.  Your body uses this excess fat as energy during labor and breastfeeding.

Myth: Pregnant women only crave the foods their bodies need.

Fact: Pregnant women can crave foods of any type. Cravings should not be the sole indicator of nutritional needs.

Myth : A pregnant woman who is healthy will not experience discomforts.

Fact: Nausea, heartburn, and constipation are not biased! They will afflict women regardless of healthy living. However, women who regularly eat healthy, wholesome foods, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly, and avoid excess sugar and fat may significantly reduce these uncomfortable symptoms.

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