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Pregnancy Nutrition ebook

Anthony Ekanem

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Children grow up very fast. Before long, the almost indistinguishable speck in your womb is going to be flying down a hill on a bike with their hands in the air and driving down the interstate in your new car. Before you know it, you'll be telling them good-bye as they start college, crossing your fingers and hoping for the best. You'll never have the opportunity to nurture them again as you do right now, when they're safely inside you tucked away from the outside world. This is going to be the last time in your life that it's a piece of cake to get them to eat their vegetables, so enjoy it! You're going to spend the next eighteen years (or even more) trying to convince them that spinach is good for them and that the slimy stuff on the outside of their carrots is just pulp, but right now you're making all the decisions when it comes to what they eat. Proper Pregnancy Nutrition is a vital factor in proper fetal development because the fetus is physically incapable of providing for itself, nor can it show any visible signs of malnourishment between monthly check-ups as a newborn can. That means that for the next nine months, it is going to be completely up to you to ensure that you eat properly, taking in the vitamins and nutrients that are going to help you give birth to a healthy, happy baby while keeping yourself healthy at the same time. Remember, the baby is going to take what it needs long before those nutrients ever have the opportunity to go through your system. By not eating properly, you're not only harming your baby, you're harming yourself as well. That is why it is so important that you make sure you get the vitamins and nutrients that you need for the next nine months as well.

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Table of contents
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5

Pregnancy Nutrition

Anthony Ekanem

Introduction

Children grow up very fast. Before long, the almost indistinguishable speck in your womb is going to be flying down a hill on a bike with their hands in the air and driving down the interstate in your new car. Before you know it, you’ll be telling them good-bye as they start college, crossing your fingers and hoping for the best. You’ll never have the opportunity to nurture them again as you do right now, when they’re safely inside you tucked away from the outside world.

This is going to be the last time in your life that it’s a piece of cake to get them to eat their vegetables, so enjoy it! You’re going to spend the next eighteen years (or even more) trying to convince them that spinach is good for them and that the slimy stuff on the outside of their carrots is just pulp, but right now you’re making all the decisions when it comes to what they eat.

Proper pregnancy nutrition is a vital factor in proper fetal development because the fetus is physically incapable of providing for itself, nor can it show any visible signs of malnourishment between monthly check-ups as a newborn can. That means that for the next nine months, it is going to be completely up to you to ensure that you eat properly, taking in the vitamins and nutrients that are going to help you give birth to a healthy, happy baby while keeping yourself healthy at the same time.

Remember, the baby is going to take what it needs long before those nutrients ever have the opportunity to go through your system. By not eating properly, you’re not only harming your baby, you’re harming yourself as well. That is why it is so important that you make sure you get the vitamins and nutrients that you need for the next nine months as well.

Lack of attention might still lead to a healthy baby, but the baby is not going to change themselves! Mothers need to be healthy too in order to keep up with her little bundle of joy in the coming months. Giving birth is hard enough on the body. You certainly don’t want to add malnutrition into the mix.

The problem that many women face when it comes to pregnancy nutrition is that they simply do not understand. Why? Not because they’re stupid, or because they don’t want to do what’s best for their baby. It is because most books on pregnancy, particularly those that deal with the ins and outs of nutrition for the next nine months, are written by medical professionals. That makes sense, right?

Most mothers aren’t doctors, however, and that’s where the trouble comes. It is all well and good to sit down and look at a chart that shows how much of each mineral you’re supposed to take in on a daily basis over the next nine months, but if you don’t understand what you’re reading and the effect it’s going to have on your baby then it is not going to do you a whole lot of good. You are going to spend a month, maybe two, looking at the labels on the back of your food. Then you are going to get sick of it and go back to your old eating habits, reasoning that you have always been healthy. You are taking your prenatal vitamins. What could go wrong?

This book was written with “Dr. Mom” rather than “Dr. Smith” in mind. Throughout the coming sections you will find a thorough breakdown of the nutrients you need to ensure that you deliver a healthy baby when the time comes and basic guidelines for the trimester-by-trimester dietary changes you are going to have to make, all written in every day, ordinary English rather than medical jargons.

What that means is that you don’t have to go and buy a medical dictionary to understand what you are about to read! Even if you can’t follow an ordinary, “recommended” pregnancy diet (which tends to get old after the first trimester) you can still give your little bundle of joy a “best odds” chance at making a great start in life.

Happy Reading!

Chapter 1

From A to Zinc

If you have ever attempted to go on any kind of diet that involved reading the information on the nutritional labels of your food, you are all too familiar with the fact that those little words and symbols can start to look like Greek after a while. If you are not a doctor or a nutritionist, you probably have no idea of what Vitamin B or Folic Acid are, much less why they are important. The first step to conquering pregnancy nutrition is understanding what you are eating, how much you should eat, why you are eating it and how it is going to help your baby.

A quick note. In the following section, you are going to see several mentions made about the negative consequences of overdosing on specific vitamins. You must understand that this overdose very rarely occurs because of the foods you eat. More often, it is because mothers have chosen to consume extra supplements in an attempt to “help” their baby or they have forgotten to tell their physician about other vitamins and supplements they take on a regular basis. Be sure when you go in for your prenatal appointments that your physician knows exactly what vitamins, medications and supplements (including herbal) you take, regardless of how insignificant you may believe them to be.

Vitamin A: Vitamin A helps the development of baby’s bones and teeth, as well as their heart, ears, eyes and immune system (the body system that fights infection). Vitamin A deficiency has been associated with vision problems, which is why your mom always told you to eat your carrots when you were a kid! Getting enough Vitamin A during pregnancy will also help your body repair the damage caused by childbirth. Pregnant women should consume at least 770 micrograms (or 2565 IU, as it is labeled on nutritional labels) of Vitamin A per day, and that number almost doubles when nursing to 1300 micrograms (4,330 IU). Be aware, however, that overdosing on Vitamin A can cause birth defects and liver toxicity. Your maximum intake should be 3000 mcg (10,000 IU) per day. Vitamin A can be found in liver, carrots, sweet potatoes, kale spinach collard greens, cantaloupe, eggs, mangos and peas.

Vitamin B6: Also known as Pyridoxine, Vitamin B6 helps your baby’s brain and nervous system develop. It also helps Mom and baby develop new red blood cells. Oddly enough, B6 has been known to help alleviate morning sickness in some pregnant women.Pregnant women should consume at least 1.9 mg per day of Vitamin B6. That amount rises slightly when nursing to 2.0 mg per day.