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When you are pregnant, you want what is best for your baby. The best place to start is to be sure that you are doing everything you can to provide yourself with nutritious foods that can help you maintain a healthy pregnancy. Good nutrition can be an important step to getting your baby here healthy and safe.
A pregnant woman on average can expect to gain between 25 and 35 pounds during pregnancy. Most pregnancies take about 300 extra calories per day, but be sure to follow whatever your physician advises. Making sure you are taking in the right nutrients with a balanced diet of vegetables, proteins, fruits, whole grains and dairy.
According to the March of Dimes a good guideline for nutrition during pregnancy is as follows: * 3 to 5 servings of vegetables * 2 to 4 servings of fruits * 3 to 4 servings of meats or proteins * 4 to 6 servings of dairy or dairy products * 6 to 11 servings of breads or whole grains * 6 to 8 glasses of water
While pregnant, it is crucial to be sure that you are getting all of the vitamins needed to help your fetus develop. Your doctor may prescribe a daily prenatal vitamin or you may decide to take an over the counter vitamin which also can give you the necessary supplement.
Sometimes it may also be suggestion by your physician during your pregnancy that you take an iron supplement. During pregnancy, your body increases its amount of absorption of iron. Low iron during pregnancy can lead to anemia, which can be dangerous for both you and your unborn child.
The bottom line is, you want to be sure you do everything you can to provide a wonderfully nutritious lifestyle for you and your unborn child during your pregnancy. A healthy start is a great start.