3 Things Expectant Moms Need To Know About Nutrition

posted: 07/29/16
by: Ashley Lauretta
pregnant nutrition

Setting your child up for a lifetime of success starts when they are in the womb. In addition, what you eat and how you move during this stage can impact how easy it is for you to 'bounce back' after giving birth, as well.

Tatum Rebelle, who specializes in pre and postnatal fitness and is the owner of Total Mommy Fitness, also notes that being your healthiest during birth can make delivery go much more smoothly. So, even though you will (obviously) be gaining weight during pregnancy, it isn't the time to give into too many cravings.

So if you find yourself sending your significant other to the store to satisfy those pregnancy cravings, here are some things Rebelle says to keep in mind.

Eat better food, not more! Pregnant women are not "eating for two"--a tiny fetus does not require much energy from food, though they do need plenty of nutrients. Sticking to low calorie, high nutrient foods such as cruciferous and green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans and seeds for the bulk of the diet will ensure a healthy mom and baby without excess fat gain for either of them.

The "add 300+ calories" recommendation may not be necessary.
Women are advised to add about 300-500 calories in the second and third trimesters (which equates to about one large avocado or palmful of almonds). However, most people get more calories than they need, so the average woman does not need to worry about eating enough. Water, on the other hand, is something that pregnant women and new moms need much more of. So focus on that!

Don't obsess.
The truth is that much of what happens during pregnancy is out of anyone's control. Women may have the best of intentions to eat healthy, but a salad makes them nauseous and a burger sounds delicious. Simply do the best you can. Being creative and blending greens into a smoothie or adding kale to soup and spinach to pasta is an easy way to get nutrients in while struggling through food aversions that are so common in pregnancy.