Eat Like A Pregnant Mom
I share this food tip from my experience and other women who conceived naturally after 35 and 40. Eat as if you are pregnant.
I don’t mean fulfilling the myth of the pregnant woman eating for two which involves consuming large food portions! Researchers say this type of overeating is unhealthy for the mother and baby.
In an article with WebMD, Julie Redfern, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston says, “Many women who do ‘eat for two’ end up gaining an excessive amount of weight.”
How Much Nutrients
According to the article, you should increase the amount of certain nutrients. However, you need only about 300 more calories per day. Redfern says this is about the equivalent of “one slice of whole grain bread and one tablespoon of peanut butter.”
You increase your risk of gestational diabetes, backaches, high blood pressure, and other health problems for you and your baby, if you put on too much weight during pregnancy.
My Healthy Definition
My definition of eating healthier means cutting back on the sugary, salty snacks and eliminating soft drinks. You can add fruits that are naturally sweet like grapes, strawberries or cherries to your meals.
The American Pregnancy Association recommends maintaining a diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and dairy products with the recommended dietary allowance of vitamins and minerals for proper reproductive functioning.
You should begin making healthy nutrition changes 3 months to a year before you conceive (Source: American Pregnancy Association) . Evidence shows that healthy nutrition and fertility is linked in both men and women. My translation: get your husband on board when you begin your nutritional journey.
You may not be pregnant yet, but you can start today eating as if you are carrying a child in your womb. The most important thing is to stay healthy so that you can deliver a healthy baby!