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Eating Well in Pregnancy

By January 2, 2013

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In looking at New Year's resolutions, eating better usually comes closely after exercising more. Though I think it can be one of the more difficult things to achieve for some pregnant women. Unlike the average person who says they will eat better, a pregnant woman has to do it while experiencing morning sickness, food aversions, food cravings and just generally feeling not herself.

This isn't to say that you can't make changes that make a difference. And if you do eat better, you're likely to feel better in general, as good nutrition can help you feel more energetic and ready to go. So rather than think of drastic changes to eating, my advice is to follow a few little tips:

  • Snack
    Think about how you eat differently in terms of how often you eat. Sometimes larger meals eaten further apart can make your heartburn flare or your nausea kick in. But smaller, more frequent meals give you an opportunity to concentrate on something small and feel better.

     

  • Make what you eat count.
    When making choices, try to eat food that remember where it came from for your meals or snack. Sure, it's easy to grab a sandwich and throw it in the microwave, dripping in grease; but isn't it just as easy to eat some apple slices with cheese? (Yes, I've been known to buy pre-sliced apples just to make it that much easier at work.)

     

  • Forgive yourself.
    Don't stress or freak out over your diet. Take it one meal at a time. If you are eating smaller more frequent meals, one slip won't be as "costly" as a huge one. So if ice cream wins for a late night snack tonight, oatmeal and fruit for breakfast starts your day over.

     

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