Pregnancy Nutrition: Good Health for You and Your Baby

Overview

A healthy pregnancy starts with a well-balanced diet, but there's much more to know. For example: True or False?
* You need to eat an extra 500 calories a day when pregnant.
* Iron needs triple during pregnancy.
* A high-fiber diet is important during pregnancy.
Answers:
* False. Pregnant women require 300 extra calories a day and nursing women need an extra 500 calories a day. You'll find more on calories and weight gain in Chapter 1 and nutrition tips while breast-feeding in Chapter 9.
* False. Your need for iron doubles during pregnancy. Still, it can be difficult to get this much iron from food alone. That's why you should read more about iron in Chapter 3.
* True. Fiber helps prevent constipation, a common occurrence during pregnancy. Learn tips for managing constipation, morning sickness, and other discomforts of pregnancy in Chapter 7.
From the latest information on vitamin and mineral supplements and exercise to advice on losing weight after your baby is born, this handy book covers it all.

Overview

A healthy pregnancy starts with a well-balanced diet, but there's much more to know. For example: True or False?
* You need to eat an extra 500 calories a day when pregnant.
* Iron needs triple during pregnancy.
* A high-fiber diet is important during pregnancy.
Answers:
* False. Pregnant women require 300 extra calories a day and nursing women need an extra 500 calories a day. You'll find more on calories and weight gain in Chapter 1 and nutrition tips while breast-feeding in Chapter 9.
* False. Your need for iron doubles during pregnancy. Still, it can be difficult to get this much iron from food alone. That's why you should read more about iron in Chapter 3.
* True. Fiber helps prevent constipation, a common occurrence during pregnancy. Learn tips for managing constipation, morning sickness, and other discomforts of pregnancy in Chapter 7.
From the latest information on vitamin and mineral supplements and exercise to advice on losing weight after your baby is born, this handy book covers it all.

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Summary

You’re pregnant! how wonderful! As a mother-to-be, you’ve taken on your most important role ever. Expecting a child gives new meaning to eating a well-balanced diet, cutting out alcohol and smoking, and getting enough rest. In fact, your habits during pregnancy can influence your child for the rest of his life. Leading a healthy lifestyle is the best way to show your love for your growing baby.
The coming months will be filled with rapid growth—for both you and your baby—and changes that will bring excitement and joy, as well as fatigue, uncertainty, and apprehension. At times, you may feel as if you’re riding a rollercoaster of emotions, happy one minute and down in the dumps the next. This is normal and quite common during pregnancy as you experience many physical and emotional changes and anticipate the life changes a new baby brings.
Pregnancy Nutrition was created to help make the eating right part of pregnancy easier. This essential guide is packed with practical advice. You’ll learn what to eat for your growing baby and how to manage side effects of pregnancy. And you’ll find answers to your many nutrition questions, presented in a simple, straight- forward format.
While Pregnancy Nutrition helps you navigate healthy eating, it is not a substitute for the guidance of a qualified health care provider, such as a licensed physician, a certified nurse midwife, or perinatal nurse practitioner. Every pregnancy is unique, and pregnant women should visit their health care provider regularly, beginning early in pregnancy.



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