Eating Healthy During Pregnancy
be the one time we allow all that hard work in the struggle to eat
correctly and stay fit to fall by the wayside. Why shouldn't we eat
that pint of ice cream all by ourselves, we're eating for two, right?
Dr. Don Bradley, chief medical director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield
of North Carolina, "Proper eating habits are vital to the health and
well-being of mothers and babies during pregnancy."
need to eat healthy during pregnancy, women should not be concerned
about weight gain. "An average-sized woman may gain 25 to 30 pounds if
she is eating right," says Bradley.
He offers the following tips for healthy eating during pregnancy:
Drink a quart or more of milk every day. Milk contains calcium that
babies need to make bones and teeth. Low-fat and skim milks have just
as much calcium as whole milk. Cheese and yogurt also have calcium.
Eat a lot of leafy green vegetables, beans, oranges and grapefruits.
They contain folic acid, which can help prevent birth defects.
Eat kidney beans, beef and meats such as liver. These foods will give your blood the iron it needs.