Thursday, April 19, 2012

Diet in pregnancy - myths and truths

8 misconceptions related to the diet of the future mother.
Weight gain during pregnancy is essential for the health of mother and child. Increased weight protects and preserves the child, helps the mother during childbirth and breastfeeding. Women on average receive 11 to 16 pounds by the end of pregnancy. Most of the weight is in the fluid in the womb, the child and placenta, but little remains of the body after birth.

But despite that, during pregnancy it is important to pay attention to nutrition. Expectant mothers want to do everything right, but they are often bombarded with a variety of advice and recommendations from their friends, relatives, acquaintances, various websites and books. We bring you some of the most common myths related to the diet of pregnant women.

First Eating for two

It is true that during pregnancy you eat for two, but that does not mean you have to consume twice as much food. Although not well enough weight to get pregnant (because it can cause premature birth), it is equally bad and exaggerate in food, especially biscuits, sweet drinks, chocolate ... Watch out for empty calories because it is important to eat healthy, but more volume. In pregnant quality is more important than quantity.

Second Is no need to change diet

Many believe that a child will get enough nutrients from your previous reserves in the body so it is not necessary to change the diet. It is not true that you should change your eating habits for a good diet during pregnancy makes a difference and can help develop your baby. Especially if you start eating organic foods. Such food is more expensive, but is healthy and will be paid in the future when it comes to your health and the health of your child. Organically produced meat and dairy products will help you reduce your exposure to pesticides, hormones and antibiotics.

Third The craving for certain food

Pregnant women feel a special desire for a different food. Many believe that excessive desire for certain foods that just means a lack of food. But if you crave ice cream or chocolate for example, these foods have little or no nutritional value to this exceptional demand for certain food does not mean that the same must not overdo it.

4th You need to eat meat

Proteins can be replaced from other foods so that mothers who are not necessarily vegetarians start eating meat.You should be careful to eat enough foods containing iron, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acid DHA. If you do not eat dairy products need to pay attention to calcium intake, which is important for the development of strong bones of your child. Cooked spinach and broccoli, dried figs and cereals are a source of calcium.

5th Avoid fish and seafood

Fish that contain higher concentrations of mercury is harmful and should avoid meat shark, swordfish, mackerel and mackerel. But you need not completely throw out all kinds of fish from the diet because they contain omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, which are healthy for you, and for eye and brain development of your baby. It is recommended to eat a variety of fish and shellfish that contain low concentrations of mercury such as shrimp, salmon, canned tuna, catfish and cod.

6th Caffeine is banned

If you have a morning ritual of coffee and wondering how much coffee you may drink, consult with your doctor if you drink a small cup of coffee in the morning. Keep in mind that caffeine you get from other foods you eat throughout the day as tea, chocolate, energy drinks and some medications also contain caffeine.

7th Just take vitamins during pregnancy

Prenatal vitamins is good even when you prepare your body for pregnancy. But if you do not plan to become pregnant are recommended to take folic acid when you're of childbearing age. Folic acid or vitamin B9 improves fertility by stimulating ovulation and embryo provides the essential proteins needed for survival.

8th Avoiding harmful foods

In the past, from generation to generation passed on many stories and tips on what foods can cause miscarriage, difficult birth, or that is harmful to the child. The Chinese believe that the child should be warm because the womb is a kind of incubator so not good to eat 'cold' foods such as watermelon and zucchini. Bananas, squid, papaya and eggs were also discouraged by some food myths and superstitions. According to some beliefs, and color of food affect whether a child will be lighter or darker complexion. It is best to consult with your doctor about what diet is the most recommended in anticipation of your most beautiful.

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