Most people understand the importance of eating healthy while pregnant, after all the food that you eat is helping to develop a new life! At our Sarasota Obstetrics clinic we often get asked about healthy eating habits during pregnancy, which is why we have come up with this list of helpful tips:
- Make sure that you are eating a wide variety of foods and getting your recommended daily servings of all food groups. You will want to eat 6-11 servings of grains and bread, 2-4 servings of fruit, at least 4 servings of vegetables, 3 servings of protein and 4 servings of dairy.
- Keep in mind that no two women are like, but the average woman will need to eat approximately 300 more calories than they would normally eat. This can be difficult, especially in the first few months when nausea and vomiting are often present, but this is an incredibly important time for development so do your best!
- Avoid foods and drinks that could cause harm to your unborn baby. Choose a virgin option of your favorite cocktail. Most fish contain at least a little bit of mercury, so it is a good idea to either avoid them altogether or limit your consumption. Steer clear of uncooked fish, like sushi. Studies have suggested that women who consume 200 milligrams or more of caffeine are more likely to miscarry than women who avoid it completely. It is a good idea to cut out (or at least cut back) on your caffeine intake. Avoid unpasteurized dairy products, like Brie. These types of products could be a potential source for bacteria that could harm your baby.
For more tips on your maintaining a healthy pregnancy diet please check back next week for our upcoming blog.