ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Diet And Pregnancy

Updated on July 13, 2010

Diet And Pregnancy

Many pregnant woman are concrened with obtaining sufficient protein, but if she follows the right diet the additional calories she consumes while she is pregnant will provide ample protein for herself and the developing fetus.
Many pregnant woman are concrened with obtaining sufficient protein, but if she follows the right diet the additional calories she consumes while she is pregnant will provide ample protein for herself and the developing fetus.

Diet and Pregnancy

 Eating well when your pregnant is very important not only to you but to your child, The basic additional dietary requirements during pregnancy is a higher intake of calories. These supplemental calories should come from foods acceptable on a doctors orders, largely complex carbohydrates such as grain products, dried beans and peas (legumes), vegetables and fruits.
During pregnancy there is an increase need for some nutrients such as folic acid and calcium. Pregnant woman can meet this need by eating frequent servings of broccoli; brussels sprouts; kale; collards, mustards, and turnip greens; bok choy; and darker varieties of lettuce. These vegetables should be eaten at least several times a week, preferably every day.
Many pregnant woman are concerned with obtaining sufficient protein. If a woman is following the doctors orders, the additional calories she consumes while pregnant will provide ample protein for herself and the developing fetus. Moderate amounts of lean meat, fish, and chicken can be included in the diet if desired, but they are not necessary. Vegetarians can obtain adequate protein from grains and legumes.
It is especially important during pregnancy to obtain optimal amounts of all the nutrients. Note,however, that optimal means neither too little nor to much . Pregnant woman who are following a proper diet and who are basically healthy will be obtaining all the nutrients they need and should not take vitamins or mineral supplements unless advised by to do so by their physician.
Woman who are over weight should not attempt to lose weight during pregnancy unless they do so with the approval of and under the supervision of their physician. Otherwise, they could increase their risk of having a low-birth-weight baby, and such babies have lower survival rates.
The most important period of fetal development development is the first three months of pregnancy. Often, however, woman don't realize they are pregnant until several months have passed. Therefore it would be best for a woman to adhere to healthful diets all the time.
Exercise is also important during pregnancy. In addition to the aerobic benefits provided by exercise, It has been found that woman who maintain their level of physical fitness while pregnant have faster deliveries with fewer complications. I suggest that all pregnant woman consult their obstetricians for assistance in selecting an appropriate exercise program.
Nursing Mothers
Diet is also excellent for lactating mothers. Once again, the basic additional dietary requirements is extra calories, in this case to maintain the mother's milk production. There is also a somewhat greater need for calcium and frolic acid, which can be met by eating the foods mention in this article above. Nursing mother on a proper diet will receive adequate amounts of nutrients unless they are on a very-low -calorie version of the diet and are losing weight rapidly.
Although vitamins and minerals supplements are usually not need by either nursing mother or their babies when the mothers is following a good diet, the advice of a pediatrician should be followed in this matter.
Eating the right kinds of foods and taking care of your health when your pregnant is a very serious matter and  should be taken as such, as a chef I also do a lot of research on nutriention and health related topic to make my readers aware of certain dangers .
The Handicapped Chef Carlton Haynes is owner of Triple H Catering And Consulting Service and Chef Brand Foods For more information contact us    


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)