Nutritional Eating for Two

Pregnant WomanWhen I was pregnant a great excuse I would use for my indulgence in extra servings of food was that I was “eating for two.” There were times when my hunger was more than usual and the amount of food I was able to eat was staggering compared to before I was pregnant. Even though my ability to eat increased with my appetite, the necessity for eating all of that extra food did not really exist. Generally a baby only requires 500 extra calories a day from a mother's diet. The eating binges that I would go through were not doing me or my baby any good in the long run.

If you are pregnant, eating healthy food is crucial for you and your baby. Choosing the right foods can help you to avoid junk food cravings and can ensure that you are getting all of the nutrients you and your baby need. There are many food groups to choose from. As much as possible, you should try to eat a variety of foods from each of the major food groups.

Everyone should eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables each day. Pregnant women can benefit greatly from eating fruits and vegetables because of the vitamins and minerals these types of foods possess. Green leafy vegetables are especially beneficial because they have the highest amounts of iron which is important during pregnancy because of your body's need to increase blood volume. If you are not getting enough iron in your diet, you may feel tired and suffer from anemia. Also, green leafy vegetables are rich in other essential vitamins, minerals and fiber, which can help to prevent constipation. You really can't go wrong with indulging in vegetables. Fruits are delicious but have higher sugar content. If you have gestational diabetes, you may have to limit the amount of fruit you eat.