Nutrition tips for maintaining a healthy pregnancy
- Eat 80 to 100 grams of protein every day
- Eat 2400 calories every day
- Eat 6 small meals every 24 hours
- Eat complex carbohydrates
- Eat healthy fruits and vegetables
- Salt your food to taste
- Stay away from junk food
- Eliminate "white" foods from your diet
- Eliminate alcohol
It's normal to gain 25 to 35 pounds during your pregnancy even though a
newborn baby weighs only a fraction of that.
Although it varies from woman to woman, this is how those pounds may add up:
- 7.5 pounds: average baby's weight
- 7 pounds: extra stored protein, fat, and other nutrients
- 4 pounds: extra blood
- 4 pounds: other extra body fluids
- 2 pounds: breast enlargement
- 2 pounds: enlargement of your uterus
- 2 pounds: amniotic fluid surrounding your baby
- 1.5 pounds: the placenta
Vitamins & minerals - start a month before planning to conceive
Take a good prenatal vitamin with 400 mcg of folic acid* every day. Be sure it is dye and chemical-free.
Take an easily absorbed source of iron, like Floradix Iron + Herbs Liquid Extract Formula:Floradix
Vitamin C really ups iron absorption. So, try taking your iron dose with a glass of OJ or cranberry juice in the AM. Also, if you can, try to take it separately from your prenatal vit and calcium. Calcium and iron both tend to bind up other minerals, so you won't absorb as much of the other vitamins.
*Why is folic acid important? http://www.webmd.com/baby/folic-acid-and-pregnancy
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Your baby IS what you eat