PEACE LOVE FITNESS
It is such an exciting time. Like most women, you have dreamt of this moment since we you were a little girl. You are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant. One of the best gifts you can give your baby is good health. Good health begins before conception, through your pregnancy, and for the rest of your baby’s life. Your good nutrition during pregnancy can protect your baby from diabetes, stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and other diseases later on in life. The choices you make now, will affect your babies future.
Getting essential nutrients through food is a must and here is a list of what nutrients you need for a healthy pregnancy.
○ How many extra calories do you need to feed your growing baby?
○ What nutrient is independently associated with having a baby with a healthy birth weight, prevents premature delivery, can increase my babies IQ, and has shown to decrease the chances of type 1 diabetes?
○ How important is Folate to your baby’s health?
Beef and Chicken Liver
Leafy green vegetables
○ Iron helps increase your blood volume and prevent anemia during pregnancy.
The recommended dose of iron is 27 milligram
Dark Leafy greens
Beans, lentils, chick peas, and soybeans
○ Viatmin A helps with fetal development and kidney function. Vitamin is very important to reproduction. The RDA recommends 2,600 IU of vitamin A. Vitamin A is best to get from food.
Cod liver oil
○ Is sunshine good for my baby and me?
Sun exposure in moderation is very beneficial; we get vitamin D from the sun. Vitamin D helps the body use calcium and phosphorus, building strong bones and teeth. Other places you get vitamin D are milk and fatty fish.
○ What is Biotin and why is it important? Biotin is a B vitamin is a important vitamin for pregnant woman and their baby- When you eat eggs, be sure to eat the yolk too. There is a lot of biotin in the egg yolk.
○ What and how much should I eat?
When pregnant you want to be sure you are getting plenty of nutrients from high quality foods and supplement with a good prenatal vitamin. You will want a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Below is a list of some healthy foods you should add into your diet. It is best to start preparing your body with healthy foods 1 year prior to conception, but every little bit counts so it is never too late to make some changes. Eat all throughout the day to keep your blood sugar stabilized.
Proteins- should be organic whenever possible. Each portion should be about 3-4oz or about the size of a deck of cards.
Examples of good proteins are; whole eggs, turkey, lamb, beef, chicken, liver, milk, cheese, fish eggs, nuts and seed, sardines, and salmon.
(Avoid deli meats, hot dogs, sushi, and fish high in mercury such as tuna and swordfish)
Carbohydrates- Eating 5-6 servings of fresh green vegetables and fresh fruits are a great way to a healthy pregnancy. Fruits like bananas help settle the stomach during morning sickness. Whole grains also provide many important vitamins for you and your baby’s health. Each serving of carbohydrates should be about ½ cup or the size of a baseball.
Examples of carbohydrates are; fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, lentils, quinoa, brown rice, and other whole grains.
Fats – Fat is important for brain function. Adding in about 1-2 tsps of fat to each meal is what the body needs. Too much fat is not a good thing, but be sure to get it in at each meal.
The best fats to add to your diet are; Carlson’s Cod liver oil or Krill oil, Organic coconut oil, Extra-virgin olive oil, and organic butter.
What foods should you avoid?
Alcohol, sugar, white flour, artificial sweeteners, deli meats and packaged hot dogs, sushi, caffeine, unwashed vegetables, soft cheeses.
Rachel and Ashley
authors of Peace Love Fitness
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