So often during pregnancy women hear messages about what not to do, what to avoid, how to stay safe and healthy. It can create a lot of anxiety and fear. Everyone has to eat, even more when you are growing a human.
I would say eat what you normally eat, but I don't know if you are a junk food junkie or a health food nut. Likely, you are somewhere in between. Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably know what a healthy diet consists of. If you are one to grab the fast food, fried food, and lots of sugar, you might want to consider changing it up.
Realistically, habits can be changed if so desired. If you want to be healthy, and you want a great chance at having a healthy baby, start with what you are ingesting, and feeding your growing baby.
There is a great book that gets into all the detail. I love learning from people that know more than me, and sharing it with you. Real Food for Pregnancy; The Science and Wisdom of Optimal Prenatal Nutrition, by Lily Nichols RDN, CDE, is a must have for your library. It is more like a reference or encyclopedia because it is so packed with information and research to back it up.
The main takeaway is EAT REAL FOOD!! Sounds so simple until you learn what foods are real and what foods are not.
You may not have time to sit down and read the entire book in a week, but you can look up anything to do with food and nutrition during pregnancy. One of my favorite parts is about mindful eating. This is all about paying attention to your own body's signals; hunger, cravings, and fullness. Lily suggests you check in with yourself before you eat, in the middle of eating and towards the end of your meal or snack.
When you pay attention you can learn about your habits, patterns, and emotions. This is something that can be done with eating, and everything else you do in your life.
I am not pregnant but I'll can share this story, as an example. Yesterday, we went out to breakfast. I do not eat a lot of white carbohydrates as I always feel bloated afterwards. I ate a half of a huge white pancake; chewy and thick. Not only was I full, but I had stomach pains on and off all day. It felt like a ball of lead. Super uncomfortable. I knew it was the pancake because my body reacts to this kind of food.
It takes practice to pay attention to how different foods affect your energy, and well-being. After a while, you will know exactly what you need, when you need it, and how much you need.
Thanks to Lily Nichols for sharing her wisdom and knowledge.
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