The responsibility that a future mother has to their baby is massive. Truthfully, everything that you do during the nine months that your baby is growing inside of you can have an impact on the development and health of your baby one they enter the womb.
For that reason, there are some really important things to keep in mind in terms of how and what you eat during your pregnancy. If you are currently pregnant or are thinking about trying to get pregnant in the relatively near future, here is some great pregnancy advice that you can keep in mind in terms of what you eat during your pregnancy!
Breakfast, still the most important meal of the day
As the old saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Whether or not that is true is up for debate, but breakfast is definitely important while you are pregnant. Make sure to try to eat healthy foods that have tons of nutrients and calcium in them. Even if you experience regular morning sickness, it is important to get some healthy fuel in your body in the early hours of your day. If you are nauseous, simply wait for it to subside and then munch on something simple like some unbuttered pieces of whole-wheat toast.
Focus on fiber
Make sure to choose a large variety of foods that have fiber such as veggies, fruits, greens, and more. It’s also advised to eat plenty of beans (though avoiding canned beans is best) and healthy grains like brown rice or oats.
Make snacks healthy
You might be craving sweets a lot, but you don’t want to overload on sugars and chemicals just because your sweet tooth is demanding attention. Think about mixing yogurt with fruit and some honey for a delicious and filling snack.
Don’t eat too much fish
You probably know the risks of eating fish or shellfish during your pregnancy, so it is important to keep in mind that you should eat no more than 12 ounces of fish or shellfish per week. You also want to avoid any fish with high levels of mercury such as shark, mackerel, tilefish or swordfish.
Avoid soft cheeses and lunch meat
There are some foods that contain bacteria that are completely harmless to you but can be quite harmful to your baby. Avoid cheeses like feta, goat cheese and Brie and don’t eat raw or undercooked meat or fish. You also should not eat lunch meats unless you have heated them so that they are steaming hot. For example, a hot dog will be found if you limit your meal to about one.
Limit caffeine and don’t drink alcohol
The dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant are very real. They can have impacts on a fetus that will impact your baby for their entire life. Drinking caffeine is less dangerous, but you should absolutely avoid drinking your daily cup. Instead, replace it with decaf coffee or tea.