Whether good nutrition has long been a priority in your life, or you’re just now beginning to be more intentional about what you eat, you will find that eating well during pregnancy is very rewarding. Taking care of yourself during pregnancy gets your baby off to the best possible start in life. It also ensures that your baby will have a happy, healthy mother.
By learning how to take care of yourself now, and by making healthy choices during your pregnancy, you’ll be less likely to gain unnecessary amounts of excess weight, and the weight you do gain will be easier to lose. Women who make healthy food and lifestyle choices during pregnancy have an easier time losing those extra pounds after the baby is born.
Pregnant women are literally “eating for two.” This is because the food you take in nourishes both you and your baby. However, pregnancy is not a license to eat twice as much as you did before! The reality of eating for two is that you must now be twice as careful about what you eat and what you choose not to eat. During your pregnancy, you will need a slight increase in the quantity of food you eat, and a major improvement in the quality of food you eat. Pregnancy is an ideal time to improve your eating habits. After all, you’re a parent now, and eating well is an important responsibility. Furthermore, the bond you’ve already begun to develop with your baby will motivate you to make wise decisions
Mothers who are well-nourished during pregnancy:
…Have fewer problems with morning sickness, constipation, fatigue, heartburn, and muscle cramps
…Experience fewer cravings for high-fat, high-sugar foods that have little nutritional value.
… Are less likely to develop pregnancy complications, such as anemia, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, premature birth, or giving birth to a baby with low birth weight.
… Have an easier labor with fewer complications.
… Find it easier to take off excess weight after the birth and experience less postpartum depression.
Good nutrition during pregnancy also results in healthier babies who:
… Are a healthier weight at birth.
… Are less likely to experience complications during and immediately after birth, including birth defects.
… Are less likely to experience developmental delays.
Best of all, you will learn practical strategies for making these beneficial eating habits a long-lasting part of your family’s life.
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