Having just entered the second trimester of pregnancy, my mind is on a one-way track to healthy pregnancy eating, and in this article, I will discuss the dos and do not’s of feeding the baby belly. First of all cravings are real and I don’t see any reason not to indulge within reason, if your suffering from pica and looking forward to eating your couch cushions you may want to refrain and perhaps check with your doctor to see exactly what’s going on.
Personally, I have major cravings for tacos, pickles, fruits, and veggies though not always together. (I count myself lucky that my baby is craving such healthy food, though there have been a couple of not so healthy cravings for Doritos, and ice cream.) Now that I’m out of the first trimester and no longer feeling nauseous all day long and I can happily announce that I’m eating if not the full 2350 recommended calories required of my somewhat active lifestyle, I believe I’m getting close at least on most days. Pregnant woman should eat approximately 300 extra calories per baby that they have growing in their stomach.
So what are the Dos and Do Not’s of Prego’s in the Kitchen:
- Eat 300 extra calories a day
- Cook your food fully and thoroughly.
- Follow your food groups AmericanPregnancy.org has great pregnancy nutrition advice of course always check with your doctor before making any major health decisions
- Drink a lot of water, excellent advice if you are going to be spending time in a hot kitchen or even in the hot outdoors.
- Put cleaning on the back-burner, it is important that when cleaning you avoid high fume products, especially while pregnant. Give the de-greaser to your partner or put de-greasing duties on the back burner. (In my case, de-greasing duties are on the back burner until the baby is born, as Daddy to be is severely allergic to de-greaser.)
- Cook at home, don’t eat every meal out you want ultimate nutrition for your baby and you don’t always know what’s in the food when you eat out.
- Avoid UN-pasteurized foods: feta cheese and some fresh squeezed juices are considered no-no’s for pregnant women.
- Alcohol is of course off limits this includes things like rum cake.
- Raw fish is not okay same thing for expired food. If you have any doubts it’s better to just not eat it. After all food poisoning during pregnancy can cause unnecessary complications.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions while eating out know that the food is healthy for your baby.
- Avoid caffeine, you should not consume more than 200 or 300 mg of caffeine a day while pregnant as it has been linked to preterm labor and small birth size.
Please discuss with your doctor all questions you have related to diet and nutrition the advice in this article is meant to be nothing more than a guideline and may not be the most healthiest thing for you.