Pregnancy is such an exciting time in a woman’s life, but it can be stressful for some. Changing the way you live, the way you eat, and the way you move you live in general can be overwhelming for some, and no two pregnancies are the same. Some are easy and without complication, others are more complicated and difficult. No two women experience the same thing during pregnancy, but every woman can improve her pregnancy experience with a healthy diet that’s safe for both she and her baby. Here are a few tips for eating healthier while expecting.
Talk to Your Doctor
The moment you find out you are pregnant, call your doctor to make your first appointment. Most OBs won’t schedule that first appointment until later in your first trimester, but they will provide you with a comprehensive list of things you can and cannot eat while expecting. “Your doctor is the most important resource you have while expecting, and your baby’s health depends heavily on the relationship you create with your doctor early on,” says Dr. James Gohar. Call your doctor, find out what you can eat, and go from there.
Listen to Your Body
The general belief is you are so hungry during pregnancy you eat for two all the time. The reality is no two women have the same eating experience. Some women experience food cravings and cannot find any satisfaction until they eat something specific. It might be something you love, something you’ve never loved before, or it might even be a strange combination such as the age-old rumor you’ll love pickles and ice cream.
Other women have a difficult time eating thanks to food aversions. Nothing sounds good, the smell of food becomes offensive, and they always feel full. It’s important to listen to your body while pregnant, but it’s also important you do not skip meals or forgo eating simply because you don’t feel hungry. You must listen, but also maintain a healthy eating schedule.
You might not be hungry. Your body might hate the way breakfast food smells, but you must eat breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day, especially when you are pregnant and expecting a baby. One great option is to eat dry whole wheat toast if you’re not hungry, have aversions, or feel sick at the thought of eating. If you have no problem consuming breakfast, don’t forget to add some protein and some other healthy nutrients to your meal.
If you cannot get enough of those famous s’mores your husband makes while pregnant, that’s all right. Just remember to consume them in moderation and forget the rumor you’re eating for two. You are eating for two, but you’re not doing your body or your baby any favors by eating unhealthy food for two. Indulge in what you love to keep your body happy, but do so in moderation and without overdoing it for yourself.
Snack Throughout the Day
Staying full and keeping your body is healthy during pregnancy, which means you must snack. It’s also helpful if you’re not feeling well. Smaller meals throughout the day can be easier on the body than large meals a few times throughout the day. The key here is to find healthy snacks that fill you up, give you the energy you’re going to need while growing a human, and still taste good. Anything with fiber is good, which means snacking on bananas is helpful. Whole grains are good, too. Other great snack items include yogurt and fruit.
Don’t Forget to Move
Another helpful tool is to move your body while pregnant. You can help stay healthy and feel good when you take a walk, join a prenatal yoga class, or focus on getting some healthy exercise alongside your healthy diet. Your body learns to crave healthy foods when you keep it fit and healthy, but never start a new exercise plan during pregnancy without first discussing it with your doctor.
Becoming pregnant is exciting, but it’s also the most important time to take care of your body. A healthy diet that includes a little indulgence on occasion, exercise, and learning to eat smaller meals that are packed with healthy nutrients are all tips that work together to keep you healthy. Your baby is only as healthy as you are healthy, so remember that anytime you feel you can ignore good health rules.