In general; everyone should make better health choices and better eating habits should be adopted, but pregnant women are specially adviced to watch what they are eating.
First thing first! ‘Eating for Two’ doesn’t means you are allowed to eat twice as much of your normal consumption. No! The secondlife you are supporting is a very tiny being with ‘specific’ yet very little nutritional needs. A pregnant lady needs just 350–500 extra calories each day during the second and third trimesters .
Moderation is still the key otherwise you would just be gaining weight which will be hard to lose later. Again, this is not to body shame, but to create awareness that being overweight is a contributing factor towards many serious health risk including heart diseases, fatty liver, kidney failure and many more. Thus all the ‘healthy foods’ must be taken in balanced nutritional value and moderate amount.
Poor eating habits and excessive weight gain may also increase your chances for gestational diabetes which may further increase the complications. If you really have a sweet teeth these days and crave sweet things, better opt for healthy food choices like natural sugars in fruits. Eat healthy foods smartly (may be a fruit salad) and you can still enjoy your pregnancy cravings. Also light exercise is always recommended to help stay active during pregnancy.
On the other hand some women experience very bad nausea throughout the pregnancy which makes it really hard to eat anything and retain within what you ate. Try to eat a well-balanced healthy diet and take prenatal vitamins. In case of extreme nausea talk to your OBGYN.
List of most recommended Healthy food items
- Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli and Dark, leafy Greens
- Dairy – yogurt, cheese and milk for protein Eggs
- Salmon, fish, eggs, beans, tofu,
- Lean meat Fish Liver oil
- Fruits – Avocados, dry fruits, berries, apples