What a woman eats during and after pregnancy is essential to the baby’s health. It is essential for pregnant women to eat a balanced diet that supplies their developing foetus with the right nutrition.
As a pregnant woman if you choose sweets over healthy foods, you and your unborn baby may not get necessary nutrients. This can lead to poor growth and development for your unborn baby.
So let’s cut down on the sugary food during pregnancy and instead have a balanced diet.
Effect of consuming too much sugary foods or drinks!
- Consuming too much sugar during pregnancy can lead to unnecessary weight gain and interfere with your own ability to eat a balanced diet.
- Eating too many refined carbohydrates and sugary foods can negatively impact your baby’s health and your own.
- Eating sweet foods like cookies, cakes, pastries, puddings and other dessert items are often high in calories and fat, which can lead to weight gain to both mother and the baby.
- Drinking soft drinks, sweetened cereals and pack juices which are also high in calories can lead to backaches and dental problems.
- Too much weight gain can also lead to complications like gestational diabetes and problems with blood pressure.
The important and essential nutrients for baby’s growth and development are:
🚩Fruits and vegetables:
Fruits and vegetables contain many important nutrients for pregnancy especially, Vitamin C and Folic Acid.
Your developing baby needs plenty of protein, especially in the second and third trimesters, like milk, beans, peas, fish, meat, egg, chicken, turkey etc.
Iron helps to carry oxygen to your growing baby, it also carries oxygen to your muscles to help avoid symptoms such as fatigue, irritability and depression like red meat, chicken, fish, beans and lentils, tofu, baked potatoes, cashews, dark green leafy vegetables, fortified breakfast cereals, whole-grain and enriched breads.
Calcium is essential for building strong teeth and bones, normal blood clotting, and muscle and nerve function.
Good sources of calcium include milk, cheese, yogurt, green vegetables, seafood, beans and dried peas.
Water keeps you hydrated, it helps flush out toxins from your body, it aids digestion thereby preventing constipation, it helps nourishes your skin, it decreases the risk of urinary tract infections.
Whatever you drink or eat….Moderation is the KEY!
Credit Arike & Comfort for sharing this article.