Nutrition during Pregnancy
A woman needs approximately 300 extra calories daily to maintain a healthy pregnancy. These calories should come from a balanced diet of protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, with sweets and fats kept to a minimum. A healthy, well-balanced diet during pregnancy can also help to minimize some pregnancy symptoms such as nausea and constipation.
For more information about pregnancy nutrition, call (314) 996-4987 or email us to speak with a registered dietitian.
The following are key components of a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy:
· Appropriate weight gain
· Eating a balanced diet
· Regular exercise
· Vitamin and mineral supplementation
Many physicians will prescribe a prenatal supplement, such as folic acid, before conception, or shortly afterward, to ensure all of the woman's nutritional needs are met. However, it is important to remember that prenatal supplements do not replace a healthy diet.
Fluid intake is also an important part of healthy pregnancy nutrition. Women can take in enough fluids by drinking several glasses of water each day, in addition to the fluids in juices and soups. All alcohol should be avoided in pregnancy. It is also recommended that expectant mothers talk with a doctor about restricting intake of caffeine and artificial sweeteners.
For more information about your nutrition during pregnancy, call (314) 996-4987 or email us to speak with a registered dietitian.