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A Pregnancy Diet Plan Will Have You Looking Good and Feeling Great

The following is a recommended dietary plan for pregnancy;

- Fruits and Juices. A glass of fruit juice or small canned fruit, fruits.

- Grains. 6 ounces a day includes a slice of bread, a cup of cereal, 1/2 cup of rice, a small pancake or two and a half cups of vegetables.

- Protein. A minimum of 5 ounces per day includes 1 ounce of lean meat or fish or 1/2 cup of beans consisting of almonds and pistachios.

- Drink it. 6 to 8 glasses of water a day and 3 cups of milk a day consisting of only milk or 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of yogurt, or 2 ounces of natural cheese.

It is important to choose the right foods that contain all the vitamins and minerals you need to keep you throughout your pregnancy. Most should come from sources such as vegetables and fruits and may include the following. Vitamin C from foods like grapefruits, strawberries, broccoli, papaya, cauliflower, green pepper and tomatoes will help build immunity from disease. Prevention of iron deficiency anemia requires foods like chicken liver, sardines, oysters and mussels. Fiber rich foods can include cereals, pasta, cereals, fruits and vegetables. Foods rich in calcium such as milk, yoghurt, cheese and tofu. 1000 mg of calcium daily should keep your bones healthy. Your pregnancy diet plan does NOT include foods that contain harmful chemicals that may affect the health of the mother and baby. Foods to avoid include;

- Raw mussels and poorly cooked seafood that may contain harmful viruses and microorganisms.

- Swordfish and tilefish are high in mercury and these are chemicals that can harm your baby's development.

- Any meat, chicken or immature egg, can interfere with your metabolism or cause food poisoning.

- Lastly, avoid any unpasteurized supplements or herbs.

If you work on an extra 300 calories a day and adhere to the guidelines of the pregnancy diet above, it will help you enjoy having children and increasing your chances of being healthy.



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