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The benefits of healthy eating during pregnancy

By following a nutritionally balanced eating plan during pregnancy, you are giving your baby the healthiest possible start in life. Eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients you need. If you are of average weight, you should be consuming 300 calories more per day than you did before you became pregnant. This is consistent with the old adage that you are eating for two, but remember that one of you is only a tiny foetus and has a significantly lower caloric need than you do.
During the first trimester, you need fewer than 300 extra calories, unless you are trying to compensate for starting out underweight. Nausea and vomiting may make it difficult for some women to follow a healthy eating plan during this time. Try eat smaller quantities more often and take prenatal vitamins, in order to provide for your baby's growing needs.
As your metabolism speeds up later in pregnancy, you may require somewhat more than 300 extra calories. However, eating excessively is not only unnecessary but unwise, making it much more difficult to lose the extra weight postpartum. On the other hand, consuming too few calories, is potentially dangerous, especially during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Low caloric intake, can significantly hamper your baby's development.
There are 4 exceptions to this basic formula and these expectant mom's should discuss their caloric needs with their health practitioners: an overweight woman, who with proper nutritional guidance, could possibly consume fewer calories, a significantly underweight woman, who could do with more, an adolescent, who is still growing herself, and a woman who is carrying multiple fetuses, who needs to add approximately 300 calories for each.
Eating correctly has several possible benefits for you and your baby:
  • It increases the chances of a normal birth weight
  • improves foetal brain development
  • reduces the chances of certain birth defects
  • makes it more likely that your child will grow into a healthy adult
  • increases the chances that you will have a safe pregnancy- some complications such as anemia and preeclampsia, are more common among women who don't eat well
  • increases your chances of having a comfortable pregnancy- a sensible diet can minimize a number of pregnancy related symptoms, such as morning sickness, fatigue, and constipation
  • good nutrition also has an impact on your emotional state and can help moderate mood swings
  • in general, women who follow excellent diets are less likely to go into labour or deliver too early
  • a well nourished body, is able to bounce back faster and more easily, allowing for a speedier postpartum recovery
  • gaining weight at a sensible rate during pregnancy, makes it easier to shed the kilos once your baby arrives