Nutrition for pregnancy can be a simple thing to do. Even though there are some extra guidelines that come along the way, you can easily get all the right nutrients in your system with no problem at all.
The first thing you want to do is to get the thought of weight loss out of your head. As long as you get the right nutrition for pregnancy and keep active, you don’t have to worry about your weight gain. Doing those two things will keep the weight gain to a minimum, and it will make weight loss after delivery much easier.
I think the difficult thing about nutrition for pregnant women have is not knowing what foods have what nutrients. Make sure to read your labels if you’re unsure. They don’t hide anything in these foods, or at least we hope not.
You want to make sure to get enough of the right nutrients either by food or supplement. The majority of your nutrients should come food. You should take a prenatal vitamin as well though just to make sure you are getting everything you need. Important nutrients you need during pregnancy are essential fats, protein, iron, calicum, vitamin D, vitamin C, vitamin Bs, folic acid, carbohydrates, and vitamin A.
Here are 5 delightful snacks you can eat to get the best nutrition for pregnancy:
8 oz low-fat yogurt mixed with 1/2 cup raspberries and 1 tbs honey – this comes out to be about 205 cals and is packed with vitamins and minerals
Awesome fruit smoothie: 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream; 1/2 cup unsweetened apple or pineapple juice; 1/2 cup milk; two cups fresh or frozen fruit (bananas, berries, peaches, or other fruit) – blend all this together and enjoy.
4 tbs of hummus with 1/2 cup carrots, three small whole-grain bread sticks
5 crackers; 2 tbs of peanut butter; sliced banana on top – This is a delightful snack that’s quick and easy.
Rockin Cookie Recipe (thank you, Baby Zone):
1 cup sunflower seeds toasted
1/2 cup sesame seeds, toasted
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
one egg or egg replacer
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbs milk or yogurt.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Oil cookie sheet. Coarsely chop sunflower and sesame seeds in food processor, blender, or by hand. Place in large mixing bowl with flour, spice, salt, and baking soda and whisk together. In a separate bowl, beat together oil, sweetener, molasses, egg, vanilla, and milk or yogurt. Add liquid ingredients to flour mixture. Stir until combined. Scoop by tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake 12 minutes, or until bottoms are golden. Cool on wire rack. Makes four dozen.