Weekly Nutrition advice in Week 15
You will probably start to need an extra 300 calories to your meals to meet the needs of your growing baby and your changing body. Be careful - 300 calories isn't a lot of food. Some examples below:
½cup brown rice, 1 cup strawberries, 1 cup orange juice, a slice fresh pineapple
1 cup cooked pasta, 1 slice fresh tomato, 1 cup low fat milk, ½ cup cooked green beans, slice of cantaloupe
1 container of yoghurt, 1 apple
4 oz salmon fish, 1 cup asparagus, 2 cups lettuce
Sugar during Pregnancy
The best sugars are complex sugars (its complexity owing to the molecules being larger). Also referred to as complex carbs, the foods rich in this include pasta, potatoes, grains and seeds. Healthier sugars are the fructose sugars with fruits being the chief source. Second comes lactose sugar which is derived from dairy products. Both fructose and lactose provide you with quick energy and do not cause mood swings that simple sugars do. Simple sugars are the least nutritional; simple because the molecules are so small that they pass through into the bloodstream rather quickly. Blood sugar rises and triggers the release of insulin which brings down the blood sugar quickly. Sucrose, dextrose, glucose are some forms and most commercial foods contain them.