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
  • Liver
  • Raw cabbage
  • Raw eggs
  • Papaya
  • 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.

 

Sources:

In English: https://parentinghealthybabies.com/what-foods-and-things-to-avoid-during-pregnancy/

In French: http://naitreetgrandir.com/fr/grossesse/sante-bien-etre/fiche.aspx?doc=grossesse-alimentation