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What diet should you follow during pregnancy?

Posted In Breastfeeding, Health, Moms - By KidsMug On Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 With 0 Comments

Every mother wants what’s best for her baby. However, most of them don’t realize   that there are types of  food they have to avoid during pregnancy, because they can affect your baby’s health.

What type of  food should you avoid ? and what type of diet should you follow during your pregnancy ?

First of all, you have to avoid everything that is under cooked especially meat, poultry, eggs, seafood…

Seafood, can promote your baby’s brain development because it contains the Omega-3, and it’s a great source of protein. On the other hand, seafood can damage your baby’s developing nervous system because some fish and shellfish contain potentially dangerous and high level of mercury. We encourage the pregnant woman to avoid : Swordfish, Shark, King Mackerel, and Tilefish.  Studies have proved that the pregnant woman is allowed to eat the following types of seafood : Shrimp, Crab, Canned light tuna (limit albacore tuna, Chunk white tuna and steak tuna to no more than 170 grams a week), Salmon, Pollock, Catfish, Cod, and Tilapia.

Additionally, during pregnancy, you are at high risk of bacterial food poisoning . Your reaction might be more severe than if you weren’t pregnant , and this can affect the baby  too.  To prevent this, you have to fully cook all meats and poultry before eating. Hot dogs and deli meats, such as bologna, are preferred to be avoided completely because they can cause an illness known as Listeriosis. However, if you want to eat them you have to cook them until they are steaming hot. Stay away from refrigerated pates and meat spreads, but canned versions are ok. Cook the eggs until the egg yolks and whites are firm. Raw eggs can be contaminated with the harmful bacteria ” Salmonella ” . Avoid food made with raw or partially cooked eggs, such as eggnog, raw batter, hollandaise sauce and Caesar salad dressing.

You and your baby can have a healthy diet by eating food high in fiber such as whole grain bread, cereals, pasta, rice, fruits, and vegetables. Choose at least one good source of vitamin C  everyday like oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, honeydew, papaya, cauliflower, Brussel, Sprouts, Green Peppers, Tomatoes, and Mustard Greens. Pregnant women need 70 mg of vitamin C a day. A pregnant woman needs at least 0.4 mg of folic acid per day to help prevent neural tube defects such as “Spina Bifida”. This is why your nutrition should contain folic acid , like Dark Black Beans, Black- eyed Peas, and Chickpeas. Choose at least one source of vitamin A everyday, for example Carrots, Pumpkins, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, Water Squash, Turnip Greens, Beet Greens, Apricots, and Muskmelon. Eat dairy products because they are rich in Calcium which is important for the development of your baby’s bones.

In Conclusion, good nutrition during pregnancy, and enough of it, is very important for your baby to grow and develop. So now that you have all the information you need, you can provide your baby and yourself a healthy life.

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