The Importance of a Balanced Diet During Pregnancy

pregnant happy womanPregnancy is an important time for a balanced diet, for both you and baby. It is important that you follow the diet your doctor lays out for you, and make sure that you take your prenatal vitamins. Combined, these things help you and your baby stay healthy both during the pregnancy and after birth.

Importance to Baby

Having a balanced diet filled with folic acid, proteins, and fruits and vegetables will help your baby in a number of ways. With proper nutrition while in the womb, infants are less likely to develop problems such as brain and spinal defects, low birth weight, or other birth defects that can affect their entire lives. Making sure you get enough calories to sustain the baby is also important.

Importance to Mom

Having a balanced diet is almost more important for you than it is for your baby. If you do not get enough calories each day, you will be more fatigued, experience insomnia, and have more pregnancy symptoms such as nausea and dizziness. Without adequate amounts of proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains, you will not have the energy you need to keep going.

Having a balanced diet can help you in other ways as well. Getting enough calcium will ensure that your bones remain strong and healthy while calcium is also directed to the baby for healthy bones. Getting enough iron in your diet will help keep you from developing anemia during or after the birth.

Remember that your body will regulate nutrients to your baby whether you are taking in enough of them or not. To protect your own health, it is important that you get lots of nutrients in your diet, as well as taking any supplements your doctor recommends.

If you are pregnant and unsure about your diet, contact us today for an appointment. With an examination and medical history, we can help you determine the right balanced diet for you and your baby.