Having a Healthy Diet During Pregnancy
Today, we’re going to be talking about having a healthy diet while you’re eating for two during your pregnancy.
Pregnancy is a time of rapid growth and development for a woman, and a lot of times women think they can eat twice as much food or go non-stop at the buffets or with ice cream or sweets. However, that’s not always the case.
The average woman only needs about an additional 300 to 500 calories per day, depending on where she’s at her pregnancy.
How to Keep a Healthy Diet During Pregnancy
Step 1: Eat Fruits, Vegetables, Whole Grains, and High-Fiber Cereals
It’s best if those extra 300 to 500 calories come from nutrient dense foods.
Step 2: Add Snacks Throughout Your Day
A helpful tip for increasing calories would be to add snacks throughout your day. An apple with peanut butter, or cheese and crackers for a bit of energy in between your meals.
Step 3: Feed Your Cravings in Small Doses or For Special Occasions
If you’re having pregnancy cravings, say ice cream or sweets, it’s okay to keep those portions small, but make it the occasional treat, instead of something that happens all the time.
Step 4: Maintain a Healthy Diet
Most importantly, maintain a healthy diet so you get a variety of vitamins and minerals through food. If you’re going to make any changes or have questions, please consult with your physician first.
Ellen Thomsen, MS, RD, LMNT, CDE is a clinical dietitian at CHI Health, working in Oncology and Functional nutrition. Ellen helps patients improve nutrition habits during cancer treatment and beyond. She is a group fitness instructor at the CHI Health Lakeside Wellness Center and enjoys helping people of all fitness abilities be active. Ellen is passionate about helping patients improve their lives through nutrition, activity and stress management.