You should always follow a sensible eating plan but if you do not, pregnancy is a good time to begin. You can educate yourself and learn more about what exactly foods contain, their natural benefits and how much of each food you might need. Each pregnancy is different and every woman experience pregnancy in a different way, however, the nutrients and minerals are not specific to any pregnancy but are general rules to follow for any pregnant woman.
Most important foods
The range and diversity of foods that you should be eating as a mom-to-be is way too vast and thus, it makes sense to tackle just some of the more important ones. One the most basic level, all fruits and vegetables are good for you. Make sure to eat a good selection so as to derive the various benefits associated with different fruits and vegetables. Eggs (so as long as they are well cooked), all grains, lentils and salmon are on the lists of the most important and beneficial foods to consume whilst pregnant.
On the list of must eat vegetables are the dark green ones such as spinach and Swiss chard. These are great sources of Vitamins A (important for health teeth and bones), C (important for its role in helping the body get rid of toxins as well as the development of healthy teeth and bones) and vitamin K (absolutely essential for blood clotting).
Whilst eating a variety of foods is important you will also find yourself eating more in pregnancy. Pregnancy is not a good time to start a reduced calories diet. A reduced calorie diet could be to the determinant of you and your baby. After you have given birth you can begin a more rigorous exercise routine and perhaps begin reducing your food intake a bit if you have put on considerable weight due to pregnancy. A DNA diet test can also be carried out to aid in your weight loss program. Such a genetic test will analyze your specific genetic make up to determine your body’s ability (or lack of it) to break down certain foods and molecules.
The Forbidden Foods
Calcium is found in many dairy products and pregnant women are in fact encouraged to eat lots of yoghurts and cheeses. However, it is very important to avoid anything unpasteurized. There arse several cheese which should be avoided which include:
- blue-veined cheese like Roquefort and gorgonzola
These cheeses contain a bacterium known as Listeria. This bacterium is killed by cooking and the process of pasteurization. However if the bacteria is present, as happens in some unpasteurized foods, it can lead to death in pregnant mothers. The disease can even harm the baby with premature delivery and miscarriage not being uncommon. Symptoms of Listeria include vomiting and fever with symptoms manifesting themselves up to 30 days after exposure.
There are no forbidden fruits but there are forbidden foods. Avoid any raw or uncooked food. This includes raw meats, under cooked meats (including red meats and even pâtés), raw seafood and even raw fish. There has been some debate about whether pregnancy women can consume sushi whilst pregnant. Some health care specialists recommend against this but other note how pregnant women in Japan continue to consume sushi throughout their pregnancy without any complications or problems. If you do decide to have sushi avoid anything high in mercury such as Tuna or mackerel. Go for salmon. The chances of getting an infection from sushi are very small but the risk could still potentially be there. It is a risk not worth taking when there are so many other “safe foods” you can pick.
Too much vitamin A can harm your baby causing birth defects. The recommended guidelines for women of above 19 years of age are 770 micrograms. Foods high in vitamin A include liver which should be avoided whilst pregnant. The vitamin is readily available to the human body in many fruits and vegetables in the form of carotenoids – in this form you have no limitations as to the amount of carotenoids you can consume. Note that supplements containing fish oils such as cod liver oil also contain vitamin A and should therefore be avoided.