Dear Mothers To Be: Here Are The Pregnancy Dos And Donts Dear Mothers To Be: Here Are The Pregnancy Dos And Donts
We can’t over stress the fact that Eating right and healthy during pregnancy goes a long way in not only protecting and providing the... Dear Mothers To Be: Here Are The Pregnancy Dos And Donts

We can’t over stress the fact that Eating right and healthy during pregnancy goes a long way in not only protecting and providing the necessary vitamins and nutrients needed for your baby’s growth but it is also very important for the mother too as you in turn need to stay healthy to be able to carry your pregnancy to full term and with no complications.

In the next nine months, what you eat, what you drink, how physically active you are and what you weigh all have the potential to affect your child’s current and future growth.

In fact, a growing body of research finds that conditions in utero (i.e., while you’re pregnant) have the potential to affect your child’s health even decades down the road. For instance, one study found that women who drink during pregnancy could increase their child’s risk of alcohol addiction later in life, even with just one drinking binge.

Other studies suggest significant correlations between a mother’s nutrition during pregnancy and her child’s risk for being overweight and developing diabetes and heart disease later in life.

The message? Eat right today and prevent future health problems for your child.

There are two components to “eating right” when you’re pregnant. One is the type of food you’re eating, and the other is how much weight you gain.

For many women, pregnancy is the first time in their lives when gaining weight is a good thing—but don’t go overboard. You do not need to consume any more calories than your normal daily intake during your first trimester. After the first 12 weeks, you may consume up to 300 extra calories per day.

Adding and gaining weight are of normal weight when you get pregnant, you should gain between 25 and 35 pounds: no more than five to 10 pounds in the first 20 weeks, and about a pound per week for the remainder of your pregnancy.

• If you’re overweight when you get pregnant, you should gain only between 15 and 25 pounds.
• If you’re obese, you should gain 11 to 20 pounds.
• If you’re underweight, you should gain 28 to 40 pounds.

Your health care professional will help you determine your weight gain goals.
If you are overweight, try and lose some weight before you get pregnant. Women who are overweight have a higher risk of emergency cesarean, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and miscarriage. There also is a greater risk of delivery complications.

What You Should  Eat

First, make your diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean protein. Go light on the saturated fat (i.e., red meat and whole-milk dairy) and aim for as few processed foods as possible. Maintain this eating regimen throughout your pregnancy.

Don’t eat raw or undercooked seafood or meats.
Reduce your risk for listeriosis, an illness caused by bacteria found in unpasteurized milk, soft cheese, raw vegetables and shellfish.

Wash fruits and vegetables well before eating and thoroughly cook shellfish. Make sure your milk is pasteurized and stick with hard cheeses like cheddar and parmesan.

Eat 8 to 12 ounces of seafood per week, choosing from a variety of fish and other seafood. Avoid tilefish, shark, swordfish and king mackerel, and limit white (albacore) tuna to 6 ounces per week.

These fish may contain high levels of methyl mercury, which could affect a fetus’s developing brain. Pregnant or breastfeeding women do not need to limit canned light or dark tuna or tuna steaks. In fact, eating at least 8 ounces of seafood per week may help with your child’s visual and intellectual development.

Take your prenatal vitamin daily for the extra iron and folic acid you need throughout your pregnancy (and before).
Skip the alcohol. Any alcohol.
Limit caffeine.

Henry Okafor

  • Aliyah

    December 9, 2016 #1 Author

    There is Some Core Information in this article That I Think Every Expecting Mother Should Read and Know in order to have a healthy and stressful pregnancy


  • Aliyah

    December 9, 2016 #2 Author

    I believe that there are some very important facts in this article that all expectating mothers should be aware of in order to have a healthy bundle of joy .


  • Lakinda West

    December 9, 2016 #3 Author

    She Is Pretty !


  • RaShawnda

    December 9, 2016 #4 Author

    my best friend is pregnant and this may be helpful


    • Sapphire Austin

      December 10, 2016 #5 Author

      I love this article because it has a lot of things that most first time moms would not know. Lots of good tips and helpful info in here


  • Ayantuga Adetutu titilayo

    December 9, 2016 #6 Author

    Is there and harm in drinking malt 4times in a week? And what type of milk can u recommend for a pregnant woman pls. Thanks


  • Malonia

    December 9, 2016 #7 Author

    I know some people that are pregnant i will send them the link


  • Alviana

    December 9, 2016 #8 Author

    I needed to read these and show my sister !!


  • Erricka Brown

    December 9, 2016 #9 Author

    This article is very informative. I can’t stress the importance of eating enough. Even if you don’t have an appetite eat a piece of fruit or something as a quick snack


    • Joree

      December 10, 2016 #10 Author

      I agree I like this post, but I didn’t always eat super healthy and my daughter is a healthy baby still 🙂 it’s all about how well you take care of yourself!


  • Mariam

    December 9, 2016 #11 Author

    My sister is pregnant and this would totally be helpful for her..


  • Miesha

    December 9, 2016 #12 Author

    This is a great article. Because most pregnant woman don’t know you shouldn’t eat lunch meat while pregnant.


  • Chrissy

    December 9, 2016 #13 Author

    I actually thought fish was good to eat while pregnant glad I seen this article


  • kim

    December 9, 2016 #14 Author

    this is key to when your pregnant. foods make you feel types of way while pregnant. its good to know and read whats good to do and not to do.


  • Udy

    December 9, 2016 #15 Author

    Apart from the basic fact that one should take care of them self while they’re pregnant, like eating healthy, staying away from harmful drugs, avoid smoking and just every doing everything possible to carry a healthy pregnancy. l think the Pregnancy Dos And Donts varies from individuals. So ladies is really a great privilege to be a mom and carry God’s beautiful creature, so enjoy every minute of it.


  • Obbie Godson

    December 9, 2016 #16 Author

    Can one have sex with condoms when pregnant, just asking 😊


  • LaDesma

    December 10, 2016 #17 Author

    Very specific information, which is a good thing. I love when people take the time to do their research and share it with others to benefit them.


  • Kiana

    December 10, 2016 #18 Author

    My sister is pregnant, gonna have to show her this.


  • Quintese Quick

    December 10, 2016 #19 Author

    My cousin just found out she was pregnant and this will be very good information for her, Thanks.


  • Maci Marie

    December 11, 2016 #20 Author

    This was very helpful! Thanks for the good read and such a good article!!


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