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 Tips for Pregnant Women

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Pregnancy is a great time in a woman’s life but it can also be a very stressful time. If you are expecting a child then you have to be particularly careful about your overall health. You need to be especially watchful about your diet because you need the best possible food nutrition in order to ensure that you and your unborn child are both healthy. Pregnant women also find it easier to deal with most pregnancy related ailments simply by eating right.

As a pregnant woman your objective should be to stay as healthy as possible without putting on a lot of weight. Excess weight will harm your unborn child and can also lead to lasting health issues for you. Besides, it is far easier to avoid weight gain than to lose it afterwards. You’ll merely be saving yourself a great deal of trouble (and expense) if you stick to a really good diet.

The following tips will ensure that you get adequate food nutrition without consuming excess calories:

  1. Eat lots of fiber rich foods, preferably from organic sources. This will ensure that you won’t have too many problems with constipation. Most pregnant women get constipated because their digestive processes do not work well during this period. Foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber and they ensure that constipation is no longer a problem.
  2. Add adequate amounts of flax seed and avocado to your diet. They are rich sources of monounsaturated fatty acids, which are essential for your child. No doubt you can get these fatty acids from fish as well, but doctors recommend that you reduce the amount of fish you eat when you are pregnant because of fears of mercury poisoning.
  3. Eat lots of greens so that your body can produce the necessary amount of blood. The fetus tends to require a lot of iron in the third trimester; you should increase your intake of spinach, kale etc. accordingly. Be sure to consume Vitamin C along with the greens (a simple dressing of lemon juice will do) in order to ensure better absorption.

You will be able to enjoy a relatively trouble free pregnancy as long as you are careful about what you eat. Get help from a professional, if necessary, so that your diet is correct right from the outset. These food nutrition tips will also be of great help long after your baby has been born.

Lemon Zest DressingA simple dressing for Greens

lemon dressing

 

1 lemon

1 clove garlic

¼ c extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp cracked black pepper – (freshly ground is best)

 

Zest or finely grate the outside of the lemon; then squeeze the juice into a jar, make sure there are no seeds!  Use a garlic crusher or mince your garlic; it needs to be very fine for this.  Add garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper to the jar with the lemon juice and zest – shake until blended.  Taste and adjust seasoning, if too strong, add a little more olive oil and shake again.

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