Weekly Nutrition advice in Week 25
- Your nutritional needs should be met through the foods you eat. But this is a rather unrealistic demand for most women and therefore necessitates a daily prenatal vitamin dose.
- Some women especially need to depend on these supplements - teenagers (whose bodies are not fully developed), underweight women, women who had a poor diet prior to conception and women who had multiples. Vegetarians, poor eaters, those who take certain medications, those who have an aversion to basics like milk need these supplements all the more.
- Your doctor is the best judge to decide if you need supplements, if you need more in addition to your prenatal vitamins. Do not take any supplements without your doctor's OK.
- You may find the same old healthy foods boring as you progress further into your pregnancy. To spice up your menu, here are some tips to help you along without the compromise.
- Whole wheat bagels, tortillas, or risotto are examples of complex carbohydrates that are rich in fiber, filling and a good source of energy
- Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli contain nutrients that are different from the orange group of vegetables such as carrots and yam. Include both categories in your diet every day.
- Fruits and vegetables are good any time and are nutritious too. High in vitamins and minerals and low in calories - just what you need
- To control your sweet tooth, set yourself a limit - 100 calories of candy or chocolate a day. Read labels for a better idea
- For your salads, different types of lettuce have different nutrients to offer. The darker, the better. Iceberg lettuce has the most fiber while romaine and spinach are rich in Vitamin A and folic.
- To vary your menu yet further, know this:
3 cups of Popcorn = carbohydrates
2 tablespoons of peanut butter/¼ cup egg substitute = protein
½ cup spaghetti sauce = vegetable serving