Millions and millions of women are getting pregnant each year and many of them have no idea how much weight they should gain. You can pack on pregnancy pounds very quickly and you will have a much harder time losing that weight after childbirth. But by understanding and monitoring the development of your baby, combined with exercises that are safe for pregnancy and a well-balanced diet, you can look and feel great before, during and after delivery.
Pregnancy weight gain by week is something you need to pay close attention to. Choose a day of the week and weigh yourself on that day, keeping a journal will give you accountability and it will also recognize patterns for unhealthy trends. Your doctor will help you keep track of your weight gain by weighing you every month, but just remember every woman’s body, size and metabolism are different.
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As your baby grows, you should be finding the best foods to eat while pregnant. Every diet is different for all women. So you will you need to recognize your strength and weakness as it pertains to eating. But here’s a list of some of the best foods to eat while pregnant:
Broccoli: This cruciferous vegetable is full of vitamins A and C, with calcium as a bonus as well as baby-friendly folic acid.
Lentils: This legume is for folic acid, protein, vitamin B6, and iron. Lentils, when cooked readily absorbs flavors and seasonings from other foods.
Carrots: Are tops when it comes to vitamin A, which is very important to the development of your baby’s bones, teeth, and eyes. They are perfect for the woman on the go, but you can also shred them into almost anything. Carrots are also a good source of vitamin B6, C, and fiber.
Spinach: Rich in folic acid, iron, vitamin A and calcium. Spinach comes completely ready to eat in pre-washed bags. You can eat it raw, in a salad or even as a wilted bed with fish or chicken.
Yogurt: Yogurt contains as much calcium as milk, and it’s jammed with protein and folic acid too. There are so many ways you can eat your yogurt, you can blend it with fruit for a healthy smoothie, layer it with granola for a breakfast parfait, you can even use it as a low-calorie substitute for sour cream or mayo in sandwiches, dips and salad dressing. And there are active cultures (better known as good bacteria) in yogurt which can prevent upset stomachs, as well as yeast infections.