During pregnancy, the body undergoes many changes that result in the modification of nutritional needs and lifestyle choices. It is a good idea to make some modifications before conceiving to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Some things to keep in mind include:
o First trimester: No extra calories required.
o Second trimester: An additional 340 calories a day are recommended.
o Third trimester: An additional 450 calories a day are recommended.
o Foods high in iron include dark green leafy vegetables, poultry, red meat, pork, beans, peas, dried fruit and iron-fortified breads.
o Eating iron-rich foods with fruits and vegetables helps the body better use the iron.
o Many studies have shown that exposure even to low doses of methylmercury during pregnancy can damage a baby's growing brain and nervous system.
o Avoid fish that contain high amounts of mercury like shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish.
Problems While Expecting: Sometimes women experience certain temporary problems during pregnancy.
o Eat slowly and eat smaller meals.
o Do not lie down until 2 hours after eating.
o Avoid greasy foods and caffeine.
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