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Week 26

week_26Regardless of the results of your glucose tolerance test, a well-balanced diet is key to the development of your baby.

Making sure you get the proper amount of nutrients can help ensure a healthy pregnancy. Remember, what you eat will affect not only you, but also your baby.

It goes without saying that eating healthy foods is vital to a healthy pregnancy. During pregnancy, three meals a day and several healthy snacks a day will help make sure you and your baby get enough vitamins and minerals. Prenatal diet should include the recommended daily servings suggested by the food pyramid. In addition to these servings, focus on eating these foods:

  • Citrus fruits and juices
  • Fish
  • Leafy greens and spinach
  • Milk, cheese and other dairy products
  • Nuts
  • Whole grains

Understanding Weight Gain

Gaining weight during pregnancy is not only normal, it is important to a healthy pregnancy. You doctor may help you determine a healthy amount of weight to gain over the course of your pregnancy, but a normal amount can range between 25 and 35 pounds. During pregnancy, weight should be gained gradually, with the most gained during the second and third trimesters. In the second and third trimesters, an additional 400 to 500 calories should be consumed to ensure the baby is getting adequate nutrients.

TIPS

  • To make sure you are getting the proper amount of nutrients during your pregnancy, it is important to familiarize yourself with nutrition facts.
    1. Regularly check the packaging of your foods to learn about what you are putting in your body.
    2. Learn about your daily requirement of each nutrient and adjust your intake of each accordingly.
    3. Vary your diet and follow suggested servings from the food pyramid.
  • Ideally, all the vitamins and minerals necessary for pregnant women should be absorbed through the diet. When it comes to folic acid, iron and calcium, however, supplements may be required to get the prescribed level of each nutrient. Although supplements may be prescribed during pregnancy, they should not take the place of a normal, well-balanced diet.