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29 Mar 2019

Throughout pregnancy, the expectant mother must follow a balanced diet for the proper development and vitality of her baby and to maintain her splendor and strength.

A healthy diet keeps the expectant mother in good shape during the nine months of pregnancy, during childbirth and guarantees her a good post-natal recovery.

According to her desires, the pregnant woman tends to satisfy her delicacies without thinking about the quality of her diet. Our advice for women who are waiting for the happy event: eat twice as healthy as opposed to eating for two.

Which diet to follow?

Diet during pregnancy must be balanced and proportioned. A pregnant woman must eat everything: fish, meat, fruits and vegetables, bread, dairy products, legumes, fats ... without excess and in fractional proportions over 4 to 5 times a day.

A balanced diet helps avoid excessive weight gain, provides the necessary for her body and the provides for her baby.

Meals during pregnancy should contain iron to prevent anemia, magnesium essential for fetal growth and selenium and iodine for mommy’s muscle cramps. These trace elements are found in meats, fish, and leafy vegetables. Calcium contributes to the formation of bones and dental buds of the fetus, it is found in dairy products.

Many fruits for snacks and veggies sources of vitamins: Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin B9 which plays a vital role in the cell multiplication and normal morphology of the baby.

Fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes provide minerals, fiber and slow sugars to prevent hypoglycemia and provide energy to the mother. Without consuming fat to prevent heartburn, a daily intake of fat promotes good development of the fetus and his brain.

Also think of drinking lots of water and playing sports for good oxygenation of the fetal and maternal cells.

What to avoid

To avoid deficiencies, your doctor may prescribe supplements (iron, magnesium, vitamins ...) in the form of tablets or phials.
Meats and fish, sources of protein, must be eaten well to avoid listeriosis, a bacterial infection that is transmitted from the mother to her fetus through the placenta. It can cause miscarriages and neonatal meningitis. For the same reason, cheeses with soft pasta (such as Camembert) should be avoided.

Consume fresh to avoid food poisoning and wash vegetables well to eliminate any risk of toxoplasmosis responsible for damage to the central nervous system of the fetus.
Avoid sugars (sweets, cookies ..). Alcohol and cigarettes are banned.

A pregnant woman needs good sleep, so avoid drinking too much coffee, which causes tachycardias in the baby and reduce the consumption of tea that inhibits the assimilation of iron.