June 17, 2011

Nutrition during Pregnancy

Nutrition is an interesting subject on its own, but during the pregnancy process it is especially interesting. Many women look at pregnancy as a time when they have to forego eating some of their favorite foods in order to make sure that the baby is getting all of the nutrition it needs. This is an understandable attitude, but many women look upon their pregnancy as an opportunity. The opportunity is there for them to spend nine months away from some of their worst vices and for that reason the opportunity exists for them to use their pregnancy as a period of time to transition from a bad nutrition diet to a good nutrition diet and maintain such a diet even after their child is born. Both ways of looking at it are valid from the point of view of the pregnant woman, so it is really an individual choice that must be made.

Either way, when you are pregnant, there are a number of foods that you should avoid. These are foods (or substances) that in one way or another will have a negative impact on the baby. These include things like caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, artificial sweeteners, fish and milk. This is not an exhaustive list and some of these items (such as caffeine) can be consumed in small amounts. However, the best policy would be to stay away from them entirely as they therefore will not have any impact whatsoever on the baby during the pregnancy period. For more information on establishing a diet that works for you while at the same time avoids these items, it never hurts to pay your family doctor a visit.

It is not always easy to figure out which foods to avoid during pregnancy however, as many of the substances above can be found in places where you might least expect them. For example, you might be able to avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, artificial sweeteners and milk by making sure that you do not drink any coffee, tea, beer, wine or spirits during your pregnancy, but what happens if you end up visiting a baby shower and eating a slice of cake?  If it is a normal slice of cake, chances are very good that it will contain milk and caffeine and depending on the type of cake it is, it might also contain alcohol in small amounts as well as some artificial sweeteners. In the modern age there are cakes that can be made without milk or eggs and with sugar and for this reason eating cake is fine so long as you know beforehand what ingredients went into actually making it. This is just one example of one of the pitfalls that can catch an otherwise well-meaning person during pregnancy, so make sure that you are on your toes when it comes to this particular issue during your pregnancy period.

The main thrust of your focus on nutrition during pregnancy should be in avoiding bad foods that can potentially negatively affect the development of your baby. Beyond that, utilization of general nutritional principles when it comes to designing a good diet is usually good enough.

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