#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Feeding For Pregnancy

Q: Good afternoon Dr, I give you all the accolades. God will continue to bless you with wisdom and you will live to declare his Goodness. Amen🙏
Dr please, I tested positive to pregnancy after missing my period on 12th so I decided to have a home test which came out positive. Dr. I really do not want to visit the hospital now I still want to observe myself for the next one month. Dr. please what food should I eat and avoid and also can I take folic acid or wait till I see the Doc?
Thanks so much Dr. God bless you big. N.B no symptoms at all only my breast been a bit slightly painful. I am AA and B+.

A: Hallos! Thanks for writing in and Amen to all your prayers! 😀

Pregnancy is such an awesome time. Okay, I know those of you who have a hard time with pregnancy are wondering whether to throw rotten tomatoes at me 😀 Hold your peace! But the truth is, when you’re not feeling absolutely horrible, you’re elated at the thought of the life growing in you, aren’t you. It’s such an awesome responsibility to be given…the nurturing and birthing of this child. Don’t get me started on this….

Okay, with this huge responsibility comes even more responsibilities 😀 There is the need to eat right to nurture the growing life inside that huge tummy. Eating right is not necessarily eating for two…I know we’ve all heard the feeding for two fable. Trust me, in pregnancy, your calorie requirement doesn’t increase in first trimester, increases by just 300 calories in second trimester and about 400 calories in the 3rd trimester …if you’re carrying just one baby. For multiple pregnancies this increases slightly.

Here are 5 nutrition tips for a pregnant woman:

  • Eat a balanced diet with a variety of foods from different food groups.
  • Be sure to include a lot of high fibre foods like vegetables, whole grain cereals etc to deal with the constipation associated with pregnancy.
  • Ensure you take your antenatal medications (prenatal vitamins) in addition to eating well.
  • Drink at least 4 servings of milk, other dairy products or calcium rich foods. If you don’t eat enough, your baby will start drawing on your own stock from your bones. So, drink up your milk!
  • Be sure to also take foods rich in iron eg and foods rich in folic acid eg green leafy veggies and beans. World Health Organization recommends that pregnant women receive folic acid and iron tablets daily. Folic acid prevents neural tube defects which may occur during the first 28days of pregnancy. This is usually the period when quite a number of women do not even know they are pregnant. Thus, women who plan on getting pregnant should start on folic acid supplements at least 3 months before their planned date to safeguard against neural tube defects. If you haven’t started this earlier and realize you’re pregnant, start taking them as soon as possible.

Pregnancy provides an opportunity for a mother to adequately prepare her baby for life in 9 months. Make sure that you get all the nutrients that give your child a great health boost.

Have a great evening y’all 😀



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