Nutrition During Pregnancy

Consuming a nutritious diet is a highly beneficial practice during pregnancy. Proper nutrition equips your body to cope with the increased demands it faces as your pregnancy advances. The objective is to strike a balance between acquiring sufficient nutrients to facilitate your baby’s development and sustaining a healthy weight.

The traditional advice suggests that you should “eat for two” when pregnant, but current understanding cautions against doubling your usual food intake during pregnancy. Instead of interpreting it as “eating for two,” consider it as a call to eat twice as healthily.

For a single pregnancy, an additional 340 calories per day are recommended, commencing in the second trimester (with a bit more in the third trimester). To put it in perspective, that’s roughly equivalent to the calories found in a glass of skim milk and half a sandwich.

In the case of a twin pregnancy, an intake of approximately 600 extra calories per day is advisable. If you’re carrying triplets, aim for around 900 additional daily calories.

Prenatal Vitamins

Vitamins and minerals are essential for the proper functioning of your body. Maintaining a balanced diet and incorporating a daily prenatal vitamin should provide you with the necessary vitamins and minerals required throughout your pregnancy.

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