Everyone knows how important it is to eat healthy during pregnancy so you and your unborn child receive all the nutrients you need. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you may have concerns about whether or not you will be consuming all the nutrients necessary to support the health of your growing child. It is important to know that a pregnancy without meat can be done. A vegetarian diet during pregnancy can be as healthy as a diet that includes animal products, maybe healthier. If you are a woman who is a vegetarian, getting pregnant is no reason to let go of your vegetarian lifestyle you can still provide complete nutrition for your baby.
The snacks you choose can go a long way to help ensure that you get a good variety of foods for maximum nutrition. When choosing snack foods it can generally be far more difficult to get enough servings per day, not only to satisfy your hunger, but also give your body and your baby the fuel needed. Remember, it is not just enough to eat food for you and your baby. It’s about eating a good variety of nutrients from the foods you consume for you both to be as healthy as possible. Research has shown that pregnant women need about an extra snack a day to feed a healthy baby. This equates to around 300 extra calories.
A healthy pregnancy without meat or dairy would include a variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, organic tofu and whole grains. A nutritionist or holistic doctor can make recommendations if you are uncertain about the proper food choices.
Don’t worry about gaining weight while you are pregnant. This is no time to diet. Like it or not, pregnancy weight gain can’t be avoided. The child’s growth and development depend on it. Use healthy lifestyle habits to control weight gain during pregnancy, support the health of your child and create ease in shedding extra pounds after childbirth. In order to gain the right amount of weight during pregnancy, a healthy and balanced diet is a good way to be certain your baby is getting all the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and grow.
It is not necessary to “eat-for-two” during pregnancy. It’s true that you need more calories from foods that are rich in nutrients to help your body create a healthy environment for the growth of your child, but usually you only need an extra 100-300 more calories than you consumed before your pregnancy to meet these needs.
Ask your doctor how much weight gain you need during pregnancy. Typically a woman of normal weight before pregnancy should gain 25-35 pounds during pregnancy. While, those who are underweight should gain 28-40 pounds during their pregnancy. And overweight women may need to gain only 15 to 25 pounds.