We all eat because we are hungry or because we know our bodies require nutrients. A pregnant woman may experience situations in which she finds that eating takes on new meaning. A woman experiencing morning sickness during her pregnancy may not want to eat or may be unable to keep any food down. A woman diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her pregnancy may be placed on a special diet. Some women experience rapid weight gain during pregnancy and may be afraid to eat because they don’t want to gain too much weight.
Never will a woman experience such conflicting thoughts or emotions concerning her eating habits than she will while she is pregnant. It may seem to her as if everything she does have an effect upon the baby growing inside of her. What she eats, how often she eats and how much she eats are all concerns she may have at one point or another during her pregnancy. Women can encounter questions about what she eats if she is thinking about breastfeeding, she may desire to eat the proper foods to insure that her baby will develop normally during the pregnancy; she may have concerns about her eating habits if she was overweight or underweight before becoming pregnant. She may become concerned not only about the food that she eats but also about what she drinks. She may know to stop drinking alcoholic beverages but how much milk does she need to drink and how about drinks that contain caffeine are they ok to drink while pregnant? These questions and more are often asked by pregnant women at the beginning of the pregnancy or as they encounter special situations like when they are diagnosed with gestational diabetes and suddenly everything they put into their mouth becomes under suspicion.
The healthcare team caring for you during your pregnancy are the individuals trained to answer all your questions concerning what you should and should not eat during pregnancy as well as what beverages are safe to consume. They can also advise you about amounts and frequency when it comes to eating and drinking too. You may wish to take along this article to your next health appointment as a starting point for having that discussion about what to eat, what not to eat and what beverages are safe to drink while pregnant.
Here are a few tips concerning eating while pregnant
To avoid morning sickness, try to eat smaller, lighter meals and start with a few dry crackers at your bedside first thing in the morning. Some pregnant women have found that tea with ginger helps to relieve morning sickness. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center Website many health care professionals recommend the use of ginger for treatment of nausea and vomiting that occurs in pregnancy. Recipetips.com has many helpful tips about preventing or controlling nausea including these foods that may help you to avoid nausea oatmeal, pasta and potatoes.
If you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes follow the diet your medical professional suggested. You will probably be told to eat 3 meals and 3 snacks each day and not to go more than 3 hours without eating. It is a good idea to choose a protein to go along with each carbohydrate you eat. Protein is good to eat at lunchtime and at bedtime to help keep your blood sugar within normal limits. Avoid eating foods that contain high amounts of sugar and starchy carbohydrates. This is the advice a friend of mine was told to follow when she was
diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her 3rd pregnancy.
Discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider if you were underweight or overweight before becoming pregnant. Your weight will probably be monitored during the pregnancy to reassure you and as part of the plan for having a healthy pregnancy. I was concerned about my weight when I first discovered I was pregnant with my 3rd daughter and my healthcare provider gave me assurances that she would monitor my weight gain during the pregnancy and she also gave me helpful advice about my eating and drinking habits. In the second trimester I started to gain more weight than was normal and when she found out I was drinking more than one glass of fruit juice a day she told me that many people are unaware of how many calories are contained in juice and advised me to drink more water instead. She was fine with just one 4 oz. glass of fruit juice a day.
Eating a proper and nutritious diet during pregnancy is one thing that you can do to help insure that your pregnancy is healthy and that your baby has a good chance of developing normally.
University of Maryland Medical Center. Complementary Medicine – Ginger http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/ginger-000246.htm
Food Related Tips for Nausea and Vomiting. Recipetips.com http://www.recipetips.com/kitchen-tips/t–1318/food-related-tips-for-nausea-and-vomiting.asp