Food and Health During Pregnancy

Your baby’s development is key during pregnancy so it is soooo important that you consume the right foods and drinks to allow the baby to have the best start. There are a number of foods that are highly recommended during pregnancy and there are some that you need to stay well away from!

Foods that are vital for pregnancy:

  • Fruit and Vegetables
  • Carbohydrates (potatoes, bread, pasta, rice)
  • Protein (eggs, chicken, fish, beans)
  • Dairy (cheese, milk, yoghurts)

Foods to avoid during pregnancy:

  • Certain types of cheeses (soft cheeses/blue cheese, brie, goats cheese)
  • Raw eggs
  • Raw meat
  • Uncooked meets (pepperoni, chorizo, prosciutto)
  • Liver
  • Certain types of fish (shark, marlin, swordfish)

When pregnant you need to make sure you are getting all the right vitamins, minerals, nutrients and have an equally balanced diet. Once vitamin to avoid is vitamin A, which can cause serious defects to your baby such as with the heart, eyes, skull. It can lead to a negative health experience and problems with your child. Also during the first trimester it can increase the likelihood of miscarriage. I take Pregnacare, which contains a number of essentials that your baby needs. However, this can get expensive as I use the Pregnacare max, where I take 3 tablets a day to help support blood formation, bone structure and brain and eye development. This one is rougly £20 for 3 months, but you can get the original which is about £3-4. It is highly recommended that you take a least one folic acid tablet each day for the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy and it helps the baby grow within your first trimester.

Water is also extremely important! To be honest, I am so guilty for drinking fizzy drinks, and for the last couple of weeks I’ve became addicted to Dr Pepper (not good at all). But I also drink a LOT of water, which includes squash. You need to really be drinking 6-8 ounces of water a day to keep hydrated and healthy. I wish I could stop drinking Dr Pepper but I suppose its just became one of these pregnancy craves!

All of the foods that I have stated to avoid are really not good for your baby’s development and growth and can lead to harm or even miscarriage. Liver for example, contains a lot of vitamin A, which we already know is a total no go for pregnant women!

Its a known ‘myth’ as such that you shouldn’t have any caffeine whilst pregnant, and I believed it myself at first and completely cut out my morning coffee! But actually you are certainly allowed to have a few brews. Caffeine can result in baby’s to have a low birthweight, and this can cause problems later on in life too. Its recommended that you have no more than 200mg of caffeine a day. A cup of tea is roughly 75mg, and instant coffee is 100mg, so I would probably stick to around two cuppas max a day! It also says on a lot of energy drink cans ‘not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women’. This is because of the caffeine that energy drinks contain, but just check how much caffeine is actually in them before you drink it. A smaller, 250ml can contains roughly 80mg, which is nearly the same as a cup of tea. Just be careful and try to limit your intake as much as possible!

Finally, without an explanation we all know that alcohol, drugs and smoking are a NO GO for us pregnant women! It is okay for you to have one glass of red wine or so every couple of weeks, but I prefer to see it as a trial for myself to see how long I can go without alcohol, and trust me, this is the longest so far and I am not even half way! But I am proud to say I haven’t had a sip since finding out I was pregnant.

I just wanted to write this blog so women can have the best pregnancies and we can all bring beautiful little healthy babies into the world.

 

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