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Tips for Eating Well During a Difficult Pregnancy

Tips for Eating Well During a Difficult Pregnancy

  • Genna Heintzkill
  • Mar 20, 2019

If you've found it difficult to eat well during pregnancy, you're not alone. Pregnant women frequently experience strong food aversions, nausea and vomiting, and diminished appetite.

But where does that leave you nutritionally?

Eating well during your pregnancy is essential to keeping both you and your baby strong and healthy. Whether this is your first pregnancy or a subsequent baby, here are some invaluable tips on how to do so.

1. Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is one of the most essential things you can do during pregnancy. Drink lots of water, juice, and decaffeinated tea throughout your pregnancy, even if you feel nauseous or not particularly hungry. If you're not a huge fan of plain water, infuse it with fruit for more flavor.

2. Pack up on Protein

Some doctors and midwives recommend eating 80-100 grams of protein each day during pregnancy.

Protein is a vital nutrient in pregnancy and will help reduce edema in the legs and feet, as well as help you gain the energy you need to get through the day -- which is essential if you've found your appetite isn't what it used to be.

3. Eat Small Meals Throughout the Day

As your baby grows, your internal organs shift and your stomach becomes temporarily compressed. This makes it difficult to eat full meals, even if you're ravenously hungry.

To ensure you're getting enough calories each day, without creating complications like heartburn, eat five to six small meals each day, instead of three large ones.

Not only will this cut down on nausea, but it will also help you get the nutrients you need.

4. Try a Smoothie

If you're having a hard time getting the solid foods you need, try blending up a tasty smoothie. Use fruit juice or almond milk as the liquid, and add your choice of fruits, vegetables, and protein. Sip it slowly throughout the day.

5. Pay Attention to Cravings

Pregnancy cravings can be a sign of deficiencies. Sugar cravings during pregnancy, for example, may indicate that you're not getting enough protein.

Consult with your doctor or midwife about any cravings you're having and make a plan to address them.

Better Nutrition Starts Here

While eating well during a difficult pregnancy can be daunting, these five tips make it simple and accessible, so you can get the nutrients you need for a healthy baby and a healthy body.

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