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Eating For Mom and Baby

Essential Nutrition

Sensible and balanced nutrition is an essential ingredient for the pregnant mother. It will be of enormous benefit to both mother and baby and create a stable platform for future breastfeeding.

Remember Breastfeeding Really Isn’t about convenience

Breastfeeding is all about delivering the best outcomes for baby and mother. During the stages of pregnancy having a diet that promotes good nutrition and a sensible exercise regime will pave the way to a positive breastfeeding experience.Use the information below as a good starting guide

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Eating For Two: Pregnancy Nutrition
What you eat is always important. Now that you’re pregnant it’s even more important. It takes about 75,000 calories to make a baby.The important thing is that these 75,000 calories need to be very high quality calories.

Nutrients go first to your baby and then to you.

Since your body takes the development of your baby very seriously, nutrients go first to your baby and then to you. For example if you are not getting enough calcium, the little calcium you are getting would go to your baby first, leaving you depleted.
Important Nutrients to Consume During Pregnancy:

Folic Acid:
This is necessary for the development of the nervous system.

Calcium:
The development of your baby’s skeleton needs calcium. You will need to take increasingly more calcium as your pregnancy progresses, which means you will need more in your third trimester than you did in your first trimester.

Protein:
This is really important for growth, cell proliferation and repair. Your protein needs will double over the course of your pregnancy. This will happen gradually so increase your protein by about 10 grams a trimester. Lean meats, organic chicken, wild caught fish, eggs and nuts (especially walnuts) are good sources of protein.

Fats (essential fatty acids):
Fats are important for a baby’s brain development. Fats are most important in the third trimester. Stay away from trans-fats.
Iron:
This is a mineral that makes up an important part of the blood. Without enough iron you will feel very tired – a lot of the fatigue you feel during pregnancy comes from hormones, but another huge factor is lack of iron. In addition, without iron your body will not get enough oxygen. Pregnant women need about 27 mg of iron daily in the second and third trimester.

It is important to remember that all nutrients work together. Some are needed in order for others to be absorbed. For example vitamin C helps your body absorb iron. Calcium and magnesium work together.

Be sure to eat fruits and veggies not only for their nutritional value but also for their fiber. Fiber has minerals and vitamins that are necessary for proteins to be absorbed effectively. Along with water, fiber is also needed for good digestion.

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