When you’re pregnant or considering having a baby, you’ll want to consider the kind of nutrition that you as a mother take in. We all know that it’s important to stay healthy in our lives, and that means eating healthy. But when you’re becoming a mother it’s even more important to maintain a diet during pregnancy.
Your pregnancy nutrition is important to take into consideration because your diet is the only source of nutrients that allow your baby to grow healthily. This is why it’s imperative that the diet you have during your pregnancy is one that is balanced and nutritional. Because it’s more than just for you now.
And now you may wondering what to eat during pregnancy. Below we’ll go over some of the basics to consider for your pregnancy diet. Remember that you can always talk to your doctor about the specifics or your own unique situation.
As you begin your pregnancy, certain kinds of foods will become more important and should be a higher priority when considering your pregnancy diet. For example, your pregnancy diet will need to include more protein, iron, calcium, and folic acid than you might have already been used to.
The caloric intake of your diet will naturally increase during your pregnancy. About 300 calories (or more, in some cases) per day will be added to your diet during the last two trimesters of the pregnancy. The importance here is to remember that the calories are being consumed are healthy kinds of calories, as not all calories are equal. You’ll want to avoid calories that are found in soft drinks and desserts (which are commonly known as “empty calories”).
As you progress through your pregnancy, you’ll begin to gain weight over the extent of your pregnancy. Your midwife will help you set a healthy weight gain goal at your first prenatal visit.
Finding Pregnancy Nutrition Services
At North County Health Services, we have a number of health centers that can provide pregnancy nutrition services to help you during your pregnancy. We are proud to offer services from registered dieticians.
We’re here to help! Stop by or contact one of the following locations for help with your pregnancy nutrition:
- San Marcos: Adult Medicine, Behavioral Health, Dental, Lab and X-Ray, Pediatric Care, Pharmacy and Women’s Health
- Mission Mesa (Women’s Health): Specialization for Women’s Health
- Mission Mesa (Women’s Health) – Satellite: Specialization for Women’s Health
- Encinitas: Adult Medicine, Pediatric Care and Women’s Health
If you have any questions or need help with your pregnancy diet, nutrition, or anything else related to your pregnancy, simply give us a call and we’ll be happy to help!