We often hear that a pregnant woman should eat for two.
This is a myth and can be quite dangerous as it can lead to an unhealthy weight gain if taking in the wrong foods.
When you’re pregnant, your body becomes more efficient and makes better use of the energy you get from the foods you take in.
Actually, you don’t need any extra calories for the first six months of pregnancy and only need 200 extra calories per day in the last trimester.
Instead of focusing on quantities and calories, the focus should shift to the quality of the food you’re taking. Your body need to get all the nutrients to grow a little human being.
If you have been struggling with your weight before getting pregnant. It is advisable to make a nutritional plan with the help of your midwife.
Your pregnancy diet should consist of the following foods:
• Protein: Mainly found in meat, fish, eggs, dairy products and beans. Try to aim for at least two portions of fish a week.
• Fat: Mainly found in butter, oils, margarine, dairy products and nuts.
• Carbohydrates: Found in bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, corn and other grain products.
• Fruits and vegetables: Can be fresh, frozen, tinned, dried or juiced. Aim for at least five portions each day.
• Dairy: Include milk, cheese and yoghurts.
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