Updated: Mar 20, 2019
Through out eating habits during pregnancy, we can influence everything from our baby's chance of having a peaceful and healthy birth and a a healthy baby! That's what we all want right??? We are still far for the big day but the first months are the most important for the formation of baby !
A baby develops rapidly during the first trimester. The fetus begins to develop a brain and spinal cord, and the organs begin to form. The baby's heart will also begin to beat during the first trimester.
Arms and legs begin to bud in the first few weeks, and by the end of eight weeks, fingers and toes start to form. By the end of the first trimester, the baby's sex organs have formed.
SO, WHAT TO EAT??
The answer is simple: a "whole food diet"! Yep, real food that has minimally processed. And this means Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds! So it means, less packaging and more from the earth =) Not so different from before, but watching more carefully to have nutrients and vitamins necessary. And this means plant-based diet or vegan if you like to call this way.
Basic Principles for Healthy Eating in Pregnancy and for Life!
-KEEP IT REAL: Base your diet on fresh, whole, unprocessed foods that grown out of the earth;
-EAT MINDFULLY: Now I am extra careful to think what I put in my body
-CHOOSE WISELY: Seek out quality calories, good fats as avocados, nuts... and avoid empty ones..I am kinda craving bread lately so I try to go for the whole wheat but if a French bread cross in from of me I can't say no always..but that is ok!!!
-EAT RHE RAIBOW: Eat many varieties and colors of fresh, living plants each day, give preference to local harvest.
-PACK THE PANTRY: Keep the kitchen stocked with healthy foods, I make sure I have enough fruits and dry fruits, nuts...
-BE PREPARED: Keep easy, healthy snacks on hand to grab on the go, also frozen energy balls made of dates, so easy to make and delicious!!
-DON'T OVEREAT: Eat small meals through the day to avoid bloating and gases; this is a big advice I give!!! I was used to eat a big meal for lunch as it is the Ayurvedic way...but wow I felt so bloated after a big meal that I realized I have to eat less and more times during the day. Let's do what baby is asking!
-DON'T BE TO HARD ON YOURSELF: AN OCCASIONAL FOOD SLIP IS FORGIVABLE;
-LISTEN TO YOUR BODY: Eat when you are hungry and drink when you are thirsty. Yes yes, specially water lots of water!
-NO NEED TO COUNT CALORIES AND WEIGHT YOURSELF.