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One of your most important tasks during pregnancy is obtaining vital nutrition for your continued health and the growing health of your baby. This far exceeds any nutrition that you will obtain from vitamin supplements, and will not only be a daily routine through the prenatal and breastfeeding period, but hopefully a continued effort through life. It is also important to remember that pregnancy nutrition is not simply an increase of “300 calories per day” (equal to about 1/2 a peanut butter sandwhich). And, most importantly, weight gain should not be a concern with a healthy diet. Though you will still hear the typical 25-35 lb “normal” weight gain recommendations, a healthy diet is much more important! A lot of moms comment that they feel better gaining around 35 lbs rather than less during their pregnancy. If you’re decreasing (or highly increasing) your food intake simply to avoid going out of the recommended range, you may not be ensuring vital nutrients for yourself and your growing baby. In addition, calories can come in many shapes and forms, so it’s important to also look at the quality of food from fruits and grains to store bought or homemade. Among many, protein is one of the most important elements of nutrition during the pregnancy period, especially during the latter half, for the development of your baby, both phsycially and mentally – with a recommended intake of 80-120 grams per day.
To help you track your nutrition, we’ve included this Health & Wellness tracker in an easy to use MS Excel format, FREE for download. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Guidelines are based on a normal single-gestation pregnancy and for informational purposes only. Esali Birth recommendations should not take precedence over the recommendations from your care provider(s) for your individual situation.