Wednesday July 19, 2017
Do you wonder how it's reasonable to gain 25 to 35 pounds (on average) during your pregnancy when a newborn baby weighs only a fraction of that? Although it varies from woman to woman, this is how those pounds may add up:
- 7.5 pounds: average baby's weight 7 pounds
- extra stored protein, fat, and other nutrients 4 pounds
- extra blood 4 pounds
- other extra body fluids 2 pounds
- breast enlargement 2 pounds
- enlargement of your uterus 2 pounds
- amniotic fluid surrounding your baby 1.5 pounds
- placenta 2 pounds
First Trimester Eating:
During the first trimester of pregnancy, you may need to eat small meals throughout the day to combat nausea. For example, you may choose to eat six small meals instead of three regular meals per day. Your first meal may have to be eaten partially in bed if you are suffering from severe morning sickness. You may find that during this trimester, you have to eat bland foods that don't have a strong smell since strong tastes and smells may aggravate morning sickness. Try to avoid drinking beverages for 30 minutes before or after a meal, suggests the American Pregnancy Association.
Second Trimester Eating:
During the second trimester of your pregnancy, you may begin to suffer from heartburn, so schedule your meals and sleep time far enough apart that you have at least two to three hours after a large meal before going to bed. If you do go to bed sooner, keep your head and upper body elevated to allow for proper digestion. Eating small to medium-size meals during the day can help. For example, eat a medium-sized breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then enjoy a small snack between breakfast and lunch, and have another snack between lunch and dinner.
Third Trimester Eating:
During the third trimester, you baby is likely pushing on your stomach. This makes it uncomfortable to eat a full meal, so you will have to go back to an eating schedule that allows you to eat six small meals during the day. It is possible that as you near your delivery day, your appetite will decrease; however, you should still eat a healthy and balanced diet that provides you and your baby with necessary nutrients.
Some foods can be dangerous when you're pregnant. Steer clear of these foods:
- Raw seafood (such as oysters or uncooked sushi)
- Unpasteurized milk (and cheese made from unpasteurized milk)
- Soft cheese (such as Brie or Camembert)
- Mexican cheese (like queso blanco and panela)
- Raw or undercooked meat and poultry