Some women think they can eat all they want just to increase their calories. Don't fall into this trap. It is unhealthy for you and your baby if you gain too much weight during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. Carrying and delivering your baby becomes tough and shedding those excess pounds post pregnancy becomes an ordeal. Once the baby is out, most of you will want to return to 'normal' clothes at the earliest so don't let those extra kilos interfere with your goal.
Junk food :
Now that you are pregnant, break the habit of junking if you love junk food and skipping your first meal of the day, breakfast. Your dietary habits affect your unborn child as well. Proper nutrition takes some planning on your part but it can be done. It is easy to reach for something from the vending machine or visiting a fast food joint but think about the harm you are doing to your baby. Avoid foods that contain a lot of fat and sugar. If you work, take healthy foods with you for your lunches and snacks. Stay away from fast food and junk food, no matter how tempting.
Late night snacking:
Late night nutritious snacks are beneficial for some women. However snacking at night is unnecessary. If you are used to ice creams and other goodies, you may pay for it during pregnancy with those extra kilos. Food in your stomach late at night is no good if you suffer from heartburn, indigestion or nausea.
Fats and sweets:
Unless you are underweight, you may want to be cautious with fats and sweets. Many of these foods are high in calories and low in value. Eat them sparingly. Instead of munching on potato chips, reach for an apple, cheese slice or peanut butter and bread. You will satisfy your hunger without compromising on nutritional value. Some fats and sweets you may choose and their serving sizes are outlined below.
|Sugar or honey - 1 tablespoon
|Oil - 1 tablespoon
|Jam or jelly - 1 tablespoon
|Salad dressing - 1 tablespoon
|Butter or margarine - ½ teaspoon or less