18 Sep Pregnancy Diet – Be Prepared for Your First Trimester
The first trimester of your pregnancy is very important stage as almost all the parts of the baby’s body will develop completely. Some of the major developments that take place during first trimester include brain development, lung development, and complete body growth. Therefore it’s very important to take care of your diet from the very beginning that is before you conceive.
Actually, the first trimester of pregnancy is a period in which most of the women experience some health problems, such as morning sickness and during I this period they won’t like to have anything but it is not good. If you have any nausea and vomiting sensation, it is better to choose small, light meals instead of heavy meals, to make it clear you can have six small meals at frequent intervals instead of having three larger one. Food tolerance is depending of the health condition of the pregnant women, some pregnant women like to have bland foods, such as yogurt, cereal and fruit whereas other women may like to have spicy foods during this period. So it is best to have which you like.
If nausea is your first morning problem then it is better to keep a nonperishable food such as ginger cookies or saltine crackers near your bed and have it soon after you wake. You can also some home remedies, such as ginger ale and lemon drops to get rid of this morning sickness.
It is also important to stay hydrated all the time because you will lose fluids by vomiting. So it is good to drink several glasses of water or tender coconut or any fruit juices. Dehydration may cause some dangerous problem for you and your baby, so it is better to consult your doctor for some medication to overcome and to control nausea and vomiting.
Having healthy diet during pregnancy is very important and so it is clear that you should strictly avoid junk food, trans fats, processed foods, instead you can focus on eating healthy natural foods like lean protein, whole grains, fruits, fresh vegetable, dairy and healthy fats.
Avoid foods which are hazardous to pregnant woman, such as sushi or foods that has raw eggs.
It’s also a great idea to take some prenatal vitamins and mineral supplements several months before you conceive so that you can store all needed vitamins and minerals for your baby in advance. Folic acid is one of the nutrients which are very essential in the first trimester as it play vital role in the development of fetus and it is proven that this important vitamin can prevent neural tube defects. It is a defect which occurs when the tissues around the spinal column of the baby don’t develop properly. Taking folic acid supplement is the best way because it is hard to absorb folic acid through natural sources.
However it is always a good idea to consult your doctor before getting pregnant as your health care provider can give a perfect plan on what to do, what to have, what to avoid and other medical matters such as immunizations or tests and so on. Your health care provider also prescribes some prenatal vitamins and mineral supplements which helps your body to get ready for the pregnancy.