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Healthy Pregnancy:  What To Expect

In a healthy pregnancy, the mother's body provides the growing fetus with just about everything that it needs to survive, grow and thrive.  Most women will have this type of pregnancy.  While each year there are many complications of pregnancy including miscarriages and birth defects, in most situations still, babies are born healthy, without complication and with plenty of happiness.  If you are concerned about something specific being wrong during your pregnancy, talk to your doctor about your fear.  He or she can test or check out your concern to help reassure you that your baby will be healthy.

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Pregnancy Diet Help For Health What your pregnancy diet is will say a lot about the health of you and your baby during your pregnancy.  For many women, the need to pay attention to your diet is very important.   Everything that you put into your body will also be put into your child's body.  Therefore, you need to take into consideration the possibility of risks and health concerns if you do not eat a healthy diet.  Yet, eating a diet that is good for pregnancy is not difficult and may actually be easy to do.

Start by improving the quality of food that you take in.   In your diet, you should eat a variety of healthy foods such as more vegetables and fruits.  A good way to know if you are getting enough of a variety is by looking for a range of colors.  The more color the food is, the better.  For example, the deep color of greens is an important source of nutrients for your body.  Purples, deep greens, oranges and even blue colors are all very important sources for healthy food for your pregnancy.

Additionally, consider the amount of fat in your diet.  In a pregnancy diet, look for high quality foods that are low in fat, especially saturated fat.  Replace foods in your diet that are high in fat with those that are not.  When doing this with meat, be careful about the amount of fish that you eat.  In some situations, too much fish can cause complications to pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about this type of risk to learn more.

Next talk to your doctor about any high risk pregnancy concerns he or she may have for you.  If there are any concerns about high blood pressure or diabetes, tailor your diet to avoid these foods.  In the second or sometimes third trimester, your doctor will do a glucose test for gestational diabetes.  Even before this, you will want to find out if diabetes is something you should be concerned about.  Your doctor will provide you with this information. Also talk to your doctor about supplements.  Most women will need to take supplements during pregnancy that will provide them with additional nutrients including important vitamins and minerals for pregnancy.  Your doctor may prescribe a specific type to you or you may find some as over the counter options, but take what your doctor recommends first.

A healthy pregnancy will require careful attention to your body, too.  For example, many women will have cravings during their pregnancy.  Sometimes this happens after morning sickness has passed and you have left the first trimester of pregnancy.  A craving may be a signal to you that your body is lacking in a specific nutrient.  For example, if you are craving a food that is high in calcium, it may signal that your body is in need of more calcium.  You may want o be sure that you increase those types of foods in your diet more so.  Food cravings during pregnancy are normal though.

Finally, take the time to learn about pregnancy week by week. Understand what development is happening with your baby so that you know what you can do to help him or her.  Get enough rest and relaxation along the way. From the first signs of pregnancy, it will be up to you to provide your baby with all of the nutrients that he or she needs.  Your pregnancy diet should be based on the requirements that your doctor provides for you to help eliminate any complications during pregnancy.  In most cases, eating a well rounded, healthy diet is all that is needed to provide your baby with the best start on life.


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  • How much will you gain in pregnancy?  Pregnancy weight gain is defined on a person by person account.  What you gain will be different than what someone else gains.  There are many things that determine just how much you will gain; your heredity factors, your baby's genes and even the way that you live will help to determine how much you gain during pregnancy.  Of course, your height and weight currently will also determine how much more weight you are likely to gain.

  • Healthy weight gain usually is dependent on what your weight is when you become pregnant.  For example, take the time to calculate your BMI, or Body Mass Index through one of the many BMI calculators available online.  Then, use this number to determine just how healthy your weight is currently.  A healthy BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is a good range to be in.  It also signifies that you will likely gain between 25 pounds and 35 pounds during pregnancy.

  • Healthy weight gain usually is dependent on what your weight is when you become pregnant.  For example, take the time to calculate your BMI, or Body Mass Index through one of the many BMI calculators available online.  Then, use this number to determine just how healthy your weight is currently.  A healthy BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is a good range to be in.  It also signifies that you will likely gain between 25 pounds and 35 pounds during pregnancy.

  • For those having twins, pregnancy weight will be different.  Most twins are born to mothers that have gained between 35 and 45 pounds during pregnancy. This will depend on your size, too, which is often an important part of your overall ability to carry twins full term.
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