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The Principles of Eating Well during Pregnancy

Food is an important key to get a healthy pregnancy. A well eating habit not only keeps pregnant mother health but also keeps the unborn baby health. Remember! The development of the unborn baby depends on what you give to it. One of important things during pregnancy is the food and how you eat the food.  That’s why you should learn and keep the principles of eating well during pregnancy. Those principles are including:

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Changing Your Eating Habit

It is better to change your eating habit although you think that your eating habit is good enough. Remember! You are in your pregnancy period. If you want to do diet program, you should take a diet program for pregnant mother. In pregnancy period, it is a must to eat foods contain of protein, calories (for energy), vitamin, and mineral such as folate acid and iron. Those compounds are very important for the development of your baby. Just take a note that you need extra 300 calories per day during pregnancy.

Avoiding Harmful Foods

There are several foods you should avoid during pregnancy. Those foods are rare meat and egg, cheese, unpasteurized milk, alcohol, and caffeine. For the complete information about the foods which should be avoided during pregnancy, read the article: Foods which should be avoided during Pregnancy.

Don’t take diet program during pregnancy

You have to realize that this is not the right time to take diet program. In fact, doing diet leads you and your baby in dangerous condition. For example, you will be lack of vitamin and mineral which are very important during pregnancy. The weight gain during pregnancy is a good sign for your pregnancy. Pregnant mother with a good eating habit will gain more weight. Moreover, you will deliver a healthy baby.

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Eating in small portion frequently

In first trimester, you will be suffered from nausea problem. One of the solutions is by eating in small portion frequently. Just avoid spicy and oily foods. It is better to eat every 4 hours in small portion. Moreover, it is a must for you to eat every 4 hours although you don’t feel hungry. This is because your baby still needs the food regularly.

Consuming pregnancy vitamin regularly

Your foods are the best source of vitamin. Are you sure that diet gives you enough vitamin or nutrition during your pregnancy period? In fact, you have to make sure that your baby gets enough folate acid and iron to keep them health. For that reason, it is better to support your foods by consuming vitamin regularly.

Drink enough water

It is better to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. This is because your body and your baby need enough liquid. For your information, 33% of your weight gain in pregnancy period is because of liquid. In fact, the liquid is needed to build red blood cell especially to help fetal membrane circulation system. Your body needs enough water during pregnancy to prevent constipation and control the temperature of the body.

Eating foods contain of fiber, fruits and vegetables

It is a must to eat enough food contains of fiber during your pregnancy. Fruits and vegetables help you to prevent constipation during pregnancy

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Bidan Pevi Revina, STr.Keb

Co-Founder Bidanku.com. Pendidikan di Akademi Kebidanan Politeknik Kesehatan Tasikmalaya dan Poltekes Bhakti Pertiwi Husada Cirebon. Saat ini bekerja sebagai bidan PNS,mengelola klinik kehamilan dan persalinan Bidanku, juga sebagai Founder dari klinik Revina: Baby, Kids n Mom Spa. Narasumber di Kompas TV dalam acara Talkshow Wanita dan Internet, menjadi kontributor Tempo dan juga pernah sebagai partner dalam acara Srikandi Award Sebuah Ajang Penghargaan Bagi Bidan-bidan Inspirasional Indonesia