All too often, pregnant women make the mistake of eating whatever they want, whenever they want. Contrary to popular belief, eating for two does not mean it’s okay to overeat. While most pregnant women only need an additional 300 calories per day, those who were overweight prior to pregnancy may need less calories while women who were underweight before getting pregnant may need more.  A pregnant woman should talk to her doctor to determine the amount of calories she should consume each day to ensure effective weight management during pregnancy.

The Importance of a Well-Balanced Diet

In addition to watching calories, pregnant women must make it a priority to eat a well-balanced diet that consists of a wide range of foods from every food group. A nutritious diet is essential in ensuring that a pregnant woman and her baby receive all of the nutrients necessary for healthy growth and development. Here are more details on the types of foods that should be consumed during pregnancy:

Fruits and Vegetables

While it may be tempting to reach for the donuts and deep fried onion rings, pregnant women must make an effort to eat at least five portions of fruits and vegetables each day. Colorful fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber that a mom-to-be and developing need to stay healthy.

Meat, Fish, Eggs, and Beans

Foods such as meat, fish, eggs, and beans are full of protein and provide crucial nutrients such as zinc and iron. Since protein works to build new tissue for bones, organs, and muscles, it is imperative for a baby’s growth. Pregnant women should aim to eat proteins at least twice a day.

Whole Grains and Starchy Foods

Bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, and other starchy foods are loaded with energy that pregnant women need to live fulfilling and productive lives during pregnancy. Choosing whole grain versions of bread, pasta, and rice to absorb more fiber and other nutrients and stay fuller for a longer period of time is highly recommended.

Dairy and Milk

Dairy foods provide a good source of calcium and vitamin D, which are essential for strong teeth and bones.  Opting for low fat dairy products and ensuring that cheese or milk has been pasteurized is key for pregnant women.

Contact Total HealthcareMD for Pregnancy Weight Management Support

If you have recently become pregnant or are planning on becoming pregnant in the near future, contact Total HealthcareMD. Our weight loss experts are committed to helping women with weight management during pregnancy. We can help you figure out how much weight you should gain throughout the full nine months while assisting in healthy diet and exercise.