One of the most common things known about a pregnant woman are their cravings. Not everyone has the same craving and not many people know what the cravings indicate but don’t worry. There is plenty of help and with some guidance even a picky eater can find something she enjoys.
Cravings happen for a reason. The stereotypical pickles and ice cream craving means that the woman’s body is craving calcium and the vinegar/sourness in the pickles gets the calcium from the ice cream into the body faster. That’s why many women crave them together. Craving chocolate? Your body is craving magnesium and you can get that from oatmeal. Not the instant kind but the kind that takes several minutes to cook. Eating the oatmeal with some honey is also a great way to fend off depression during and after pregnancy. So when faced with a craving, try to think about what it is you want. Something sweet? Go after the fruit. Vary the colors because different colors of fruits have different vitamins and nutrients.
Minerals that pregnant woman need include calcium, iron and zinc. Vitamins B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B6 (Pyridoxine), and C are all water-soluble, meaning they dissolve in water. Vitamins E, D and A are all fat-soluble, meaning they are stored in the fatty tissues and liver.
In the United States, an excellent resource for dietary suggestions is the Healthy Food Group Choices page through the USDA. It has many delicious suggestions and the best part is that the food can be fresh, frozen or cooked. All forms deliver the same vitamins and minerals for that food.
The eating guidelines may seem very daunting. Many people look at them and think “How in the world am I ever going to eat all that and keep a healthy weight?” First, cut out the sugars. In modern society it’s very hard to do but the end result is so worth it. Cutting out the sugars, also known as empty calories, cuts back on weight gain which lessens the risk of diabetes developing. Also, many of the sugars go straight to the baby, which adds to the child’s weight gain. Not allowing your baby too become too heavy in the womb will make for an easier labor, delivery and healthier baby overall.
Second, do what is called “doubling up”. For example, yogurt is a doubled up food because it provides the calcium as well as protein in one shot. An excellent recipe for dinner is the Extra-Easy Spinach Lasagna Recipe; this delicious meal has tomato sauce, spinach, mozzarella cheese and ricotta cheese. Looking at those ingredients alone, this meal has protein, calcium, iron, zinc and several of the B vitamins as well. It doesn’t take that much time at all and it makes enough for some to be leftover to be used the next day.
If you are still finding it hard to know what the best choices to make for your health during pregnancy, speak to your doctor. Your doctor is the best resource for questions concerning health during pregnancy, like nutrition and exercise, as well as for questions concerning after delivery, like banking your baby’s cord blood and immunizations. By following your doctor’s directions and other health tips, you and your baby will both be healthy and happy after delivery.
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