Getting the Necessary Nutrition While You are Pregnant by PhilipTownsend.lgx


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									Getting the Necessary Nutrition While You are Pregnant

When you find out you are pregnant, one of the first things you should do is evaluate and alter your diet
to ensure that you are getting the nutrition you need, while cutting out the fats and sugars that you do
not need. After all, your diet can have an extremely important effect on the mental and physical
development of your unborn baby.

You are no longer eating just for yourself—everything that you eat, your little one eats as well. That may
cause you to think twice about that coffee and donut in the morning, and reach for a banana and a
yogurt instead.

Eat Your Proteins

In general, pregnant women only need to eat about three hundred extra calories per day. The important
key is to make sure that everything you consume is packed with the vitamins, minerals, and proteins
that you need.

Protein is one of the most important things that you can consume while expecting. Believe it or not,
your baby will be packed with about nine hundred grams of protein when it is born.

The more protein you consume in your diet, the better your baby will be able to grow and develop, and
the more energy you will feel. After all, protein is a key building block in your body, and in the brain cells
of your fetus.

The more healthy sources of protein that you consume, the better your baby’s brain will be able to
develop. This is critical to the health of your fetus, and you.

In general, you will need about seventy grams a day, to keep your levels where they need to be. There
are many different ways that you can meet this goal in your diet.

You can find it in lean meats such as poultry, fish, and eggs. You can also find sources in dairy, such as
yogurt, cheese, milk, etc.

                                                          Nuts and legumes also contain a certain amount,
                                                          as do whole grains and cereals. Even some
                                                          vegetables contain small amounts, such as
                                                          broccoli, peas, and leafy greens.

                                                          Make sure that you are getting a certain amount
                                                          in each meal and snack that you consume
                                                          throughout the day. It may be hard for you to
                                                          get seventy grams at first, but the more sources
                                                          you find that you enjoy, the easier it will get.

                                                          For breakfast, try eating whole grain cereals with
milk or soymilk, and some fruit. For snacks, you could try snacking on nuts or peanut butter, making sure
that you get some meat throughout the day as well.

Drink Your Milk

Next, you need to make sure that you get enough calcium every day. This will help your fetus to be able
to develop healthy bones.

You will need to make sure you are getting about twelve hundred milligrams a day, even while you are
nursing. You can get this nutrient through dairy products such as cheese and milk, as well as some fruit
and vegetable sources as well.

You may want to think about taking a calcium supplement to make up for what you are not able to
consume in your diet every day. Talk to your doctor about a recommendation.

Iron Woman

Iron is another very important factor while you are expecting. In general, you need about thirty
milligrams of iron a day.

This is another area where you may want to consider taking a supplement, as it can be a little tough to
get that from your diet alone. Iron is generally found in lean meats, dark leafy green vegetables, eggs,
and whole grains.

Talk to your doctor about where you can get this supplement. The last nutritional powerhouse you need
to be aware of is your intake of folic acid—you should have been consuming high levels of this in the
months before you became pregnant.

It can greatly reduce the risk of birth defects in your fetus, which should be a priority. You can find this in
leafy vegetables, peanuts, whole grains, and liver.

Taking a supplement here is also a good idea—it is usually packed into prenatal vitamins, which you
should be taking right away. The more conscious you are about exactly what you are putting into your
body, the healthier you and your baby will end up being.

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