How to eat for a healthy pregnancy by MaggieMills1

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									How to Eat for A Healthy Pregnancy

You found out you are pregnant. Never has it been more crucial to eat
well. Not eating well during your pregnancy can increase your risk of
complications. Eating well has never been easier during pregnancy than
it is now.

First, remember that once you hit the second trimester, you should be
eating about 300 more calories a day. Calories provide you with the
extra energy that your body needs to grow your baby. Now these extra
calories should not give you the right to chow down on every food in your
line of site. After all, it is only 300 calories that your are getting.
A glass of milk or one banana equals 100 calories and a slice of whole
wheat bread, and ounce of cheese and a half of cup of grapes equal 200
calories. See how much more you are eating than if you decide to eat a
donut instead.

Remember that you need at least three servings of protein each day.
Protein contains amino acid which is one of the most important building
block for your baby's tissue. Protein is very easy to come by and your
options are endless. You can drink 3 glasses of milk, and you can have
2 cups of yogurt along with 3 ounces of cheese.

Next, you need at least four servings of calcium every day. Calcium is
going to help grow your baby's bones and help protect yours. Milk is the
best way to get your fill of calcium, but you can also get your fill of
calcium from cheeses, yogurt and even ice cream.

Aim for at least three servings of vitamin C. Your body does not store
vitamin C so you need a fresh supply of it every day. You can eat fruit
or almost any vegetable to get your vitamin C in. You also want to make
sure you get three to four servings of green leafy and yellow vegetables
and fruits. Most of these veggies and fruits will also count toward your
vitamin C intake, so that is double the benefit.

You should get in one to two servings of all other fruit and vegetables
that are not known for their vitamin A and C value, but are still good
for you all the same. Apples, banana, and onions are just a few that
are in this category.   Eat six or more servings of whole grains and
legumes. These are filled with vitamins E and B and they help you battle
constipation.   Try eating brown rice, whole wheat breads and even air
popped corn to get your servings of whole grains and legumes in.

Perhaps one of the most important nutrients you and your body need is
iron. Your body's demand for iron will never be greater than it is while
you are pregnant.   You want to make sure you are able to keep up with
it. Not enough iron could lead to anemia so you want to make sure you
are getting enough iron. If you feel that you are not, talk to your
doctor and he might be able to prescribe you a iron supplement.

It is always a good idea to eat well every day. However when you are
pregnant it is essential that you eat well every day.

								
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