The Importance of a Balanced Diet During Pregnancy

Especially if you are a first time mom, you are probably really worried about doing everything right during your pregnancy. If you had poor lifestyle habits when you became pregnant, it could be difficult to create new healthier habits, but what you eat is extremely important during this time, both for the baby’s health and for your own. 

Calcium Deficiency

When you are pregnant, the baby takes a lot of calcium from your body in order to form its own bones. If you don’t get enough calcium in your diet, it could have detrimental effects on your health in the long term. The baby will take what it needs regardless. When your body gets low on calcium, it can cause decreased bone density, tooth decay, and other medical conditions.

Your prenatal vitamins will have calcium, but you can also get calcium from milk, cheese, yogurt, or even ice cream. If you are lactose intolerant, you can get calcium from fortified soy or almond milk or from vegetable sources such as spinach.

Balancing Healthy Weight Gain

For most healthy women, you can expect to gain about 30 pounds over the course of your pregnancy. This might seem like a lot when you first think about it, but those pounds add on quickly, especially towards the end of the second trimester. If you’re not careful about what you are eating, you could easily gain much more, which is not healthy.

Your diet should be balanced with a mix of proteins, veggies, fruits, dairy, and grains. You should be consuming the following amounts of calories, based on your trimester:

  • 1st trimester—1,800 Calories
  • 2nd trimester—2,200 Calories
  • 3rd trimester—2,400 Calories

It may be best to eat several small meals per day so that you do not feel hungry and you can easily fit in all of your required calories. This is especially helpful if you are not used to eating that much as a general rule.

If you need advice on how to balance your diet during your pregnancy, we are here to answer all of your questions. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.