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Pregnancy Diet

Eating well to increase fertility and healthy babies

We've all heard the doctors' orders – eat well, exercise, take prenatal vitamins and supplements and try to relax when you're trying to get pregnant or if you're already pregnant. But what exactly is appropriate for pregnancy when it comes to diet and exercise? As a mother-to-be, you will want to ensure the health of your baby through every stage of its development. A proper diet isn't just good for you; it's good for your baby, too.

A Healthy Diet for Fertility

Getting pregnant can be very easy or very hard, but either way your body should be readied for the coming baby by taking in extra vitamins, especially folic acid. It's also a must to quit smoking cold turkey or as quickly as possible. Limit or completely cut out alcohol and unnecessary drugs. Your body needs to be healthy in order for the egg and the sperm to join well and create a healthy baby. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables and protein every day. Carbohydrates should be a part of your diet as well, but fruits and veggies are more important to get the vitamins you need to strengthen your uterus for the baby.

A Healthy Diet for Pregnancy

Diet is extremely important to ensure the proper health and development of your baby. When you eat during pregnancy, remember to:

  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Even if you already eat healthy, make sure to take in your recommended amount of calories in a day. After six months, you should be taking in an extra 200 calories daily. Remember to eat when you are hungry.
  • Avoid certain fish, such as sushi, shark or swordfish because of mercury levels.
  • Eat or drink lots of calcium to ensure the baby's proper bone development.
  • Eat small, frequent meals, especially if you have heartburn or nausea through your pregnancy.
  • Avoid raw fish, cheese with a moldy rind (Brie, Camembert), liver and liver products, alcoholic drinks and caffeine, since all of these can contain toxins that can cause low birth weight, miscarriage or bad development. Diet soda during pregnancy is fine, but make sure to limit it to one can a day.
  • Do not diet during pregnancy or restrict calcium or vitamins from your diet that can help your baby grow. Eat healthy foods and gain weight slowly. An occasional treat is okay, but try to keep it healthy.

A low-carb diet program is safe for pregnancy, but if you're going to go on the Atkins or South Beach diets, remember that eating more carbs than suggested is better for your baby. A healthy diet can help you increase fertility and have a healthy baby. Take care of yourself and your pregnancy has a better chance of going more smoothly.

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