Easier said than done, right? I’m reading Eating Well When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff. I may be known as the Health Nut in my circle, but I did not realize the importance of eating healthy when a woman is expecting. Here are the footnotes:
Why eat healthy?
Research continues to show that pregnant women who are well nourished are more likely to have a safe and uncomplicated pregnancy than women who are not well-nourished. On average, healthier diets yield far healthier babies. A diet with adequate complex carbs can reduce fatigue. My personal strategy for nourishing myself and Baby Z is to ensure I am getting a decent amount of protein, fruits, vegetables and carbohydrates at every meal. Take it one meal at a time so that eating a balanced diet will not become overwhelming. Think of healthy eating as one of the best gifts you can give your baby-to-be. Isn’t he/she worth the sacrifice?
I bet you didn’t know this: Making a concerted dietary effort in the last trimester will fuel that amazing brain expansion. I’ll have to admit, the last trimester has been the most tempting to slack off. Yes, I am still going to the gym 3 – 4 days a week and eating a balanced diet, but my dessert intake is a little high. For some reason every Wednesday night I craze a medium Snickers concrete from Culvers. And my protein intake has seen better days. Time to get back on track.
A baby’s food preferences can be formed before he/she ever takes a spoonful of food. Yeah, I better put this bag of cheetos down. I want Baby Z to love her fruits and vegetables.
Inadequate zinc intake is linked to low-birth-weight babies and a diet deficient in folic acid can cause fetal growth restriction. I am also diligent about taking my New Chapter Prenatal Vitamins every day. I have not vomited once, thank God and my momma (good genes)!
What changes can you make to your diet to better nourish your baby?