10 Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy

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The Pregnant Mom’s Guide To Eating For Two

It’s clear that gaining the right amount of weight during
pregnancy involves eating a healthy and well-balanced diet so that your baby gets all the nutrients he or she needs to grow in a healthy way.

Weight Gain

In general, you will need to consume up to 300 more calories a day to meet the needs of your growing baby. Ideally you want to gain about 2 to 4 pounds during your first three months of pregnancy and 1 pound a week for the remainder of your pregnancy.

Here are some guidelines for typical weight gain during a singleton pregnancy (one baby!):

Underweight women (BMI < 18.5) should gain 28-40 pounds.
Normal-weight women (BMI, 18.5-24.9) should gain 25-35 pounds.
Overweight women (BMI, 25-29.9) should gain 15-25 pounds.
Obese women (BMI, 30 or higher) should gain 11-20 pounds.
It’s important to talk to your health care provider about how much weight you should gain during pregnancy. A woman of average weight before pregnancy should gain 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. Underweight women should gain 28-40 pounds while overweight women may need to gain only 15-25 pounds.

Food Choices

During pregnancy, choosing the right foods to eat not only affects you but also your unborn baby. Consuming 40% protein, 30% carbohydrates and 30% fats is a perfect balance for a healthy pregnancy diet.

You can use the basic 5 food groups to make certain that you are eating the right types of foods:

1. Grains – Bread, pasta, oatmeal, cereal, and tortilla’s. Whole grains are the unprocessed grains and best for your health. Examples include oats, barley, quinoa and brown rice.

2. Fruits – Fresh fruits are always best, but canned, frozen, dried and juice is also an option.

3. Vegetables – Fresh veggies are best but canned, frozen, dried and juice is also acceptable.

4. Proteins – Lean meats, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, soy, tofu, nuts and seeds. Shrimp, salmon, catfish and Pollock are safe fish to consume. | | | Next → |

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