What you should Eat and what not to Eat during Pregnancy, From the minute you become pregnant.
What You Should Eat What You Should Not Eat During Pregnancy
From the minute you find out you are pregnant most moms-to-be have a number of questions
relating to pregnancy nutrition. What foods you should be eating and which foods should you be
avoiding as the next nine months progress. Some foods are even better completely avoided.
Then there is all those old wives’ tales to sort through and figure out truth from fiction. Let’s try
to simplify things at least a little for you in this article.
Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners
When you are pregnant, you should try to avoid, even better cut out, sugar and artificial
sweetener from your diet. Don’t make the mistake of replacing sugar with Sucralose, aspartame
or other artificial sweeteners, which are potent chemicals with questionable health concerns. In
fact, there affect on the fetes is not yet established and there is a belief they could pose a health
risk to your baby.
Sugar is responsible for a number of pregnancy concerns but the most worrisome is the fast
release of insulin in your body. This can result in your pancreas falling short of being able to do
its job properly, which in turn leads to an increase in blood sugar levels in the body.
Even if you don’t suffer from high blood pressure or gestational diabetes, if you have a high
blood sugar, it can lead to birth complications, a very large baby causing labor problems, and
excessive weight gain. If you must use sugar or you want to satisfy a sweet tooth look for raw
honey, agave syrup, stevia, etc.
Since caffeine stimulates the nervous system, it is important to cut your caffeine intake. It will
also leach calcium, which is necessary during pregnancy. When you are depleted of calcium
your baby will also be depleted, and so the fetes will draw on your calcium reserves, which in
turn will decrease your calcium more. It becomes a vicious circle. Caffeine is also a diuretic and
so there is a danger of becoming dehydrated. This is especially true if you are suffering from
morning sickness. Drinking too much coffee can actually result in it crossing the placenta and
affecting your baby.
Processed foods contain all kinds of preservatives and fillers, which are not healthy and can
affect the health of your baby. They are generally also high in sugar and sodium, which should
be avoided. Rather than processed why not opt for whole and organic foods, which are safer
and healthier food choices.
Bottom line - healthy food choices lead to a healthier mother and baby.