Trying to get pregnant? Make sure you know the bottom line on baby-making—what you don't understand can affect your bub-to-be's health.
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When it comes to pregnancy and food, two extreme things can happen: Either you feel like you could eat an entire refrigerator’s worth of calories in 14 seconds flat, or you feel as if you could decorate your walls with your innards at even the thought of certain foods.
These opposite reactions aren’t unusual, and they don’t have to be harmful (as long as they don’t happen persistently).
Your goal, really, when it comes to nutrition, should be to figure out the best ways to fuel your body so that you and your baby have a healthy stream of nutrients throughout the day.
That said, we do understand that some days will be better than others, and eating habits will fluctuate based on how you feel, so you need to look at the whole picture—how you eat on most days, rather than feeling guilty over every little less-than-perfect moment. (Green light to the occasional pickle-and-tomato sandwich!)
We’d prefer you try to eat five or six smaller meals throughout the day to stabilize some of your key biological systems, and we’d like you to think that you’re eating for 1.1 (not two!) when you eat. That is, you really should only be eating about 10 percent more than you would when you’re not pregnant.
To keep things simple, we offer the five best foods you can have when you’re pregnant. Incorporate these into your diet, and you’ll be doing a world of good for yourself and your baby.
Fruits are full of all kinds of healthy nutri- ents (for mom and baby); we especially like avocados because they contain healthy omega-3 fats, which are good for helping the development of your baby’s brain. Like guac? No problem, just easy on the chips.