Healthy Eating Tips when Preparing for Pregnancy

Healthy Eating Tips when Preparing for Pregnancy

What you eat before getting pregnant has a direct impact on your health when pregnant. There are some nutrients you need to start getting right now. I have some posts on these so please take some time to read them:

1. Folic acid in pregnancy

2. Iron in Pregnancy

3. Nutrition and pregnancy

Healthy Eating Tips when Preparing for Pregnancy

Healthy Eating Tips when Preparing for Pregnancy

1. Plan Your Meals and Avoid Constant Snacking

Your body will often tell you when you have eaten enough. Eat slowly and act on the feedback your body gives you about when and how much you need to eat.

It is best to have your meals for each day planned so you avoid eating junk food or that last minute trip to the fast food restaurant to get dinner because you do not have food at home.

When you plan your meals you will be more likely to ensure you are getting your recommended intake of serves from the five food groups.

When you constantly snack you are more likely to consume processed foods that are more likely to include too much saturated fat, added sugars, added salt and kilojoules.

2. Eat With Other People and Avoid the Junk Foods in Front of the TV

If you live alone it is only natural that you will more often than not eat dinner in front of the TV.

Whether you live alone or have a family, try to eat your meals at the table and with friends (or family) as you will be more likely to eat regularly and eat well than those who eat alone or in front of the TV.

Television watching is associated with eating more discretionary choices like take-away or convenience foods and fewer foods from the five foods. It also makes it much more difficult to recognise and respond to our body’s signals about hunger and satiety.

Healthy Eating when Pregnant

3. Be Sure to Eat a Healthy Breakfast

To get the day off to a good start you should always eat a healthy and nutritious breakfast.

Try and avoid the high sugar-based cereals and choose a healthier option (wholegrain cereals and bread, fruit, low fat milk, natural low in sugar yogurt). Starting the day off with a coffee and no food will only cause you to experience mid-morning low energy levels.

Don’t forget your exercise!

Free Pregnancy Workouts online and at home

Kerryn Boyle
Kerryn Boyle
Kerryn is a Prenatal Exercise Instructor. Kerryn’s areas of expertise includes providing women with safe at-home pregnancy workouts and postpartum workouts. From pregnancy yoga classes to week by week, it's all right here.

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