If you eat well during pregnancy you are most likely going to look and feel good. Eating well will give you the best odds of giving birth to a healthy infant.Pregnant women with poor nutrition show an increased incidence of low-birth-weight babies, premature , serious infant illness, miscarriage and stillbirth and a reduction of cell size in their baby’s organs. If you are not adequately nourished fewer nutrients will be passed to the baby through the placenta, negatively affecting the baby’s development.
Normal human growth requires protein and nutrients. Protein is the building block of DNA, the material in cells that transmits genetic information. Nutrients provide enzymes necessary to make existing cells grow and to aid in digestion and elimination of waste products. If a pregnant woman does not get adequate nutrition, cells are unable to grow and normal growth cannot occur.
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If you cut down on calories and protein during pregnancy, it can affect you postpartum if you decide to breastfeed . Inadequate caloric intake during pregnancy may contribute to you not having enough stored fluid, fat and protein to sustain a good milk flow. One more good reason to take your and your baby’s nutritional needs seriously.
The daily nutritional requirements during pregnancy are approximately as follows; four servings of protein (one serving equals 1 and 3/4 cup of low-fat yogurt or 2 large eggs), three or more servings of green leafy or yellow vegetables (one serving equals 1/2 cup raw spinach or 8 to 10 large dark green lettuce leaves), two servings of fruit, four or five servings of whole grains or legumes (one serving equals 1 slice whole-wheat bread or a 1/2 cup cooked brown rice), and four servings of fat (one serving equals 2 oz of cheese or 2 tablespoons of butter).
You are your best dietician. You know what you eat, how often and how much you eat, how often you snack, when you skip meals, etc. You know how important having a healthy baby is to you. Work at eating healthy, nutritious foods daily and you most likely will have a successful labor and delivery.