When you’re pregnant, the phrase “eating for two” is exactly what it is because you not only have your health to consider but that of your unborn child as well. A healthy prenatal diet is critical to helping the child fight diseases, birth defects or issues that could affect the child later on in life.
You want to make sure you put on enough weight to minimize your chances of giving birth to a baby with Low Birth Weight (LBW). LBW is a situation where a newborn infant weighs less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces (2.5kg). On the other hand, gaining excessive weight during pregnancy could lead to difficulties during delivery or obesity after child delivery.
At this point in time, OBGYNs generally advise expectant mothers to embrace a diet rich in protein, calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamins, and minerals. If by chance, you’re wondering what foods contain the necessary nutrients here’s an infographic that not only tells you what to eat but how much to eat and why you should eat it.
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