When it comes to food and pregnancy, it seems like it’s a topic enshrouded in confusion. How much should one eat? What should one eat? What should be avoided etc. Here are a few key points that I have done my due diligence on.
We need only an additional 300 calories per day when pregnant and 600 more when lactating.
Avoid raw fish, raw meat like deli meat and unpasteurized soft cheeses. Some raw soft cheese like imported brie have been linked to a fetal harming bacteria called Listeria.
Increase protein intake up to 65-70 grams per day.
Skip caffeine, refined sugar and alcohol.
Try to eat every two hours (always including some protein) to keep blood sugar balance.
And stay hydrated (2-3 liters of water a day)
When it comes to pregnancy eating think about how you will want your child to eat when he is about 3-4 years old. Plenty of fresh fruits andvegetables, protein, fiber and sure every now again a treat. Everything you eat is helping your baby grow and develop, honor your cravings but do your best to help create a strong and healthy foundation for your child. Pick up Domenica Catelli’s wonderful cook book Momalicious: Fresh, Fast, Family Food for the Hot Mama in You! You will use it for years.