Healthy Eating Tips During Pregnancy

Healthy Eating Tips During Pregnancy
Posted on 01/04/2019
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Healthy Eating Tips During Pregnancy

All of your eating habits may change while pregnant. You’ll find you like new and different foods, maybe foods you loved before you no longer like, and you will need to need much more food in order to stay full! At Doylestown Women’s Health Center, we want to ensure you are eating healthy throughout your pregnancy to take care of your body and your growing baby’s body. Eating healthy is an essential part of pregnancy care. For questions or concerns about foods to eat while pregnant, call you local Bucks County OB-GYN office for more information!

Eat Nutrient Dense Foods

While pregnant, it’s important to consume a healthy amount of folic acid, calcium, and iron. You can do this through a nutrient dense diet. Our women’s health providers suggest eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Try to avoid eating foods with empty calories like soda, fried food, highly sugar foods, and processed meats.

Eat A Variety of Foods

Throughout your pregnancy, Doylestown Women’s Health Center recommends eating a variety of foods in diverse colors. When you look down at the foods on your plate, you should see a rainbow of different colors. Many different colored foods will ensure you are consuming a wide range of vitamins and minerals for you and your baby.

Protein To Keep You & The Baby Full

You are now eating for two and it may be difficult to feel full because you are constantly hungry. In order to combat this constant hunger, fill your body with healthy, lean proteins. This can be in the form of lean meats and fish, eggs, beans, legumes, and more. Eating a healthy, balanced diet high in protein can prevent conditions like eclampsia and pregnancy induced hypertension.

Stay Hydrated!

Our Bucks County OB-GYNs and gynecologists suggest drinking at least 6-8 glasses of water per day. Staying hydrated throughout your pregnancy will benefit you and your baby in a number of ways, including: avoidance of early labor, healthy and elastic skin, and a general decrease of pregnancy symptoms (constipation, swelling, etc.). Our providers also recommend limiting your intake of drinks like soda or coffee, which do the opposite of hydrating, they will actually dehydrate your body.

Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal vitamins can help you and your baby receive the folic acid, calcium, and iron you need to stay healthy. These are not meant to replace nutritious foods in your diet, they are an extra boost. Please consult with your doctor directly about which prenatal vitamin you should take and which will be the most beneficial for you and the baby.

Call Doylestown Women’s Health Center Today!

For more information or tips on what to eat during your pregnancy, please ask our gynecologists and OB-GYNs at Doylestown Women’s Health Center. Our team will be more than happy to help you with any aspect of your pregnancy care and management. To schedule your next appointment, please contact our office in Buck County directly. We look forward to helping you through your pregnancy in the most healthy way!