Achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight can be a challenge, but it’s necessary if you want to give your little one the best start in life.
Achieving a healthy weight can be a struggle at the best of times, let alone when your emotions and hormones are running rampant in the lead up to and during pregnancy. But whether you like it or not, these emotions and hormones are the very things that enable your body to successfully conceive and carry a baby!
In turn, your chances of conceiving will improve and you will set your body up for a smooth and healthy pregnancy.
Calculate your BMI:
Body mass index (BMI) is the number used to work out what the recommended amount of weight your body should gain.
You can work this out by following the steps below.
Factors that can influence how much weight you gain
- how and what you eat
- how active you are during your pregnancy
- pregnancy related symptoms (nausea and fatigue)
- changes to your appetite, for example food cravings and aversions
- fluid retention
The major nutrients you should incorporate into your diet during pregnancy are:
- Proteins (cooked meat, chicken, fish, beans, dairy products, soy products)
- Folate (legumes, leafy greens, asparagus, eggs, beets, citrus)
- Iron (poultry, fish, eggs, beans, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, wholegrains)
- Iodine (grains, dairy products, cooked fish, seaweed, fruits and veggies)
- Vitamin D (fatty fish, soy milk, orange juice, cheese, eggs)
During pregnancy, a women’s immune defences decrease to protect the growing foetus, therefore putting them at greater risk of getting sick or developing infections. It’s therefore important for pregnant women to be cautious with their food preparation and to avoid certain foods that may contain toxins and can be dangerous to the health of their baby.
To give your body and baby the gift of good nutrition and a lifetime of good health, contact Kat today.