If You Are Pregnant

A good diet sounds simple, doesn’t it? But it isn’t so simple in our society. Many things may happen to keep you from eating and digesting a good diet each day throughout pregnancy. You may believe that the foods you see widely advertised on TV and in magazines give you and your baby the proteins, vitamins and minerals you need. Foods such as: boxed cereals, enriched white bread, potato chips, soft drinks, candy, french fries, commercial cakes and cookies, provide expensive, useless “empty” calories. When you spend money on these foods, you are not getting your money’s worth of good nutrition. The first items to put in your shopping cart are the foods on the good diet list! Another situation which may interfere with your good diet is the nausea and vomiting, or heartburn, indigestion and loss of appetite which many women experience in pregnancy. This problem must be corrected quickly, with the help of your doctor, so that you can resume your good eating habits. If you if you are overweight at the beginning of your pregnancy, you may think that now is a good time to try to lose some of that extra weight. Pregnancy is not the time to go on a low-calorie diet. There is evidence that your baby’s brain is growing at it’s most rapid rate during the last two months of pregnancy. Mothers who follow low-calorie diets risk stunting the growth of their babies’ brains.

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