We all know pregnant women should have a balanced diet. I was obsessed by this idea throughout my pregnancy. But having a pregnancy diet is the best way a mother can give her baby all the nutrients he needs to develop.
Here are the rules I remember from my first pregnancy:
- Have 3 meals a day
- Always carry snacks in your tote (I’m not talking about crisps here, but rather cereal bars, fruit or nuts)
- Eat a variety of foods from the 4 groups of the Canadian Food Guide: veggies and fruit, cereals, milk and substitutes, meat and substitutes.
A pregnant woman should add 2 to 3 portions to any of these groups.
Also, the Guide recommends:
– Not to wait until you feel really hungry, because a pregnant woman can experience a loss of energy pretty quickly
– Avoid – or even ban – some food during pregnancy.
Here is a list of banned food:
- Unpasteurized cheeses
- Raw cabbage
- Raw eggs
- Raw or underdone meat
- Raw fish (bye-bye great sushi!!)
But on the other side, I discovered a vegetable full of benefits for pregnant women: artichoke.
In conclusion, to have a balanced diet during pregnancy is not really difficult.
A pregnant woman doesn’t have to disrupt her food habits, but rather to adapt them during her pregnancy as well as when she breastfeeds, if she decides to do so.