Healthy Diet Changes for the First Trimester of Pregnancy

Healthy Diet Changes for the First Trimester of Pregnancy

Healthy You and Baby

The first trimester of pregnancy can be a challenging time for a woman. However, these quick diet changes can help you adjust.

 

A pregnancy can drastically change your diet, but cravings aren’t the only challenge.

Protect you and
your baby during your first trimester with these healthy nutrition tips:

 

1.     
Eat healthy for
two.
Your
baby depends on you during your pregnancy, so it’s important to start eating
healthy as soon as possible.

 

·        
If
you struggle with healthy diets, then you may want to consult your doctor for
help. It’s crucial that you start a healthy, vitamin-rich diet plan to help
your baby develop.

 

2.     
Take a prenatal
vitamin.

Food
is an important source of vitamins, but it’s not enough during a pregnancy.

 

·        
Your
doctor can recommend a good prenatal vitamin that will have the nutrients your baby
needs. There are a variety of brands, so you may want to get your doctor’s
advice before shopping.

 

3.     
Add folate to your
diet.

Folate
is also essential for the proper development.

 

·        
You
can take vitamins with folic acid, but foods offer another option. Folate can
be found in beans, edamame, lentils, spinach, and fortified cereals. Your body
needs folate to prevent birth defects in your child.

 

4.     
Get enough iron. Iron is another
important nutrient that your body needs during pregnancy.

 

·        
If
you’re not vegetarian, you can use meat as the most common source of iron. If
you’re vegetarian, vegetables like beans, spinach, and lentils can provide you
with iron. Eggs and apricots are also good sources of this nutrient.

 

5.     
Eliminate all
alcohol. Alcohol has been linked to birth
defects and developmental issues in children.
If you’re trying
to stay healthy for your baby, then consider cutting out all alcohol during the
pregnancy. 

 

6.     
Add fish. Fish is an
omega-rich food, but it’s important to avoid certain kinds during pregnancy.

 

·        
Women
who are pregnant sometimes eliminate all fish because they’re worried about
chemicals like mercury. However, doctors state that you can still eat fish. You
should avoid sushi, shark, and swordfish because they’re more likely to have
poisons. However, salmon, trout, catfish and sardines are generally considered
safe.

 

7.     
Avoid eating
hotdogs and soft cheeses.
They may contain Listeria, which is a harmful
bacteria that can hurt your child or even lead to miscarriages.

 

8.     
Get enough
calcium.
Calcium
is important for your bones, but it’s also essential during pregnancy.

 

·        
Your baby needs calcium to develop strong bones. You can find
calcium in traditional dairy sources like milk, cheese, and yogurt. However,
you also have other options like fortified orange juice and fortified cereals.

 

9.     
Switch to
well-done meat.

You don’t want to risk getting bacteria from undercooked meat during your
pregnancy.

 

·        
Your meat needs to be well done because Listeria,
Salmonella, and other bacteria can harm your baby and even lead to miscarriages
or stillbirths.

·        
You
may want to get a meat thermometer to ensure your meat is done.

 

10.  Deal with your cravings. The cravings may
be sudden and impossible to avoid. However, you can learn to deal with them.
Try substituting healthier options like fruits instead of candy bars during a
sugar craving.

 

The
first trimester may be easier to handle once you follow these quick diet
changes. You also may want to consult your doctor or dietician for
help.

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Rod Stone
Author,
Publisher and Supplier of Healthy Living information and products to improve
your life.