Eating healthy pregnancy is a necessity and essential for both mother and baby!

Eating healthy is definitely a necessity:  Eating healthy has so much advantages. In the first place, it keeps us in good shape, confident and exciting! Most importantly, it lowers disease risks, increase productivity, gives you more energy and make you stronger.

Being pregnant:  Being pregnant is one of the greatest life changing condition or affair on any woman and the family as a whole especially if the woman is married. The joy of being called a mum is the greatest of all human feelings!

Some people take being pregnant for granted. Those who had the misfortune of not having a child will tell you how unhappy they have been. Barrenness shatters every woman's dream of being a mother.On the other hand, being pregnant is a very delicate, mysterious and wonderful experience in any woman's life, rich or poor!

The Morning Sickness!   Once a woman is pregnant, the ball starts rolling with  the most dreadful 'Tell tale' called 'Morning sickness!'  It start with occasional vomiting, or throwing away of food or any thing eaten. Or it may involve every food being distasteful even ones favourite food.

For some, it can be mild and gradually disappears after after a few days but there are some expectant mothers who are destined to go through unexpected and unforeseen effects not only for days but for months! But as an expectant mother, you should not worry so much because, "Nature" The Great God who gives babies will surely look after you and guide you safely until your baby is born!

This is the most dreadful of all morning sickness and it is medically called  "Hyperemesis Graviidarum" An eminent doctor from Royal college of  Obstetrician and Gynaecologists, Dr Daghni Rajasingam explains:  "Hyperemesis gravidarum is a severe morning sickness and is a fairly common condition during early pregnancy"

The doctor continued, "HG is caused by the beta HCG levels (human chronic gonadotropin- aka the hormone that the body produces during pregnancy) in the body and the woman's sensitivity to it. It varies from woman to woman as some are more sensitive to it than others"

He went on,"The bHCG levels are elevated in their first trimester, which is when hyperemesis gravidarum is more commonly encountered, and decline thereafter, although for some women it may carry on into the second trimester for the same reason-this is very rare"

Eating healthy in pregnancy is very important. The expectant mother should start eaing  healthy foods as soon as the morning sickness ceases or stops. They should eat the best of the best of diets. By that, I mean eat healthy quality foods not heavy or large quantity of food. Quality healthy diets or what is regarded as Balanced diets!

Balanced diets must include fruits and vegetables! Your balanced diets must include fruits and vegetables as well as their juices because they contain all the nutrients and vitamins that can help you and your baby to be healthy and most importantly help the baby to grow and develop beautifully well and healthy.

Eating healthy during pregnancy does not mean that you have to buy or eat expensive foods. Fruits and vegetables are very cheap to buy!

Fruits and vegetables:  You should eat them because these provide vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre, which helps digestions, and prevent constipation! Eat at least five portions of them every day. These fruits can start with apples, watermelon, oranges, mangoes,pineapples; prunes, tomatoes, runner beans, bean sprouts and vegetables such as spinach, fluted pumpkin leaves, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, sweet potatoes etc. Juicing for Antioxidants!

Protein Rich Diets:  Eat protein rich diets such as fresh fish, poultry, chicken, beans, moi moi, pulses, eggs, nuts and dried fruits; Brazil nuts, almond, and oily fish because they are equally rich in  Omega-3 acids and antioxidants.

Dairy products:  These include milk, cheese, fromage frais, low calorie yoghurt. These are important because they contain nutrients such as calcium, and other essential nutrients that are perfect for the growth and development of your baby.

Carbohydrates:   Naturally, carbohydrates are starchy foods and are equally essential source of vitamins and fibre. These should include rice, pasta, potatoes, breakfast cereals, noodles, yams, plantain, bread etc.

Health Snacks:  Eating healthy snacks in pregnancy is essential but you must chose those snacks that are conducive to your health and that of your baby. Such snacks should include carrots, celery, cucumber, lettuce, low salad vegetables, low yoghurt, moi moi, prunes,bean sprouts, Brussels sprouts, watermelon etc.

Foods to Avoid: You must try your utmost best to avoid foods and snacks such as Biscuits, cream cakes, sugary doughnuts, crisps, cakes, puddings and sugar. Sugar contains calories without providing any other nutrients, and generally can contribute to weight gain, obesity and tooth decay to say the least.

Observe all manners of Hygiene: Every fruit and vegetables as well as food you have to eat must be thoroughly washed. This is to remove all traces of soil which may contain what is called  'Toxoplasma' which is a parasite that can cause toxoplasmosis.

Toxoplasmmosis can harm your baby and affect its growth and development.

Eating healthy in pregnancy also  include regular drinking of water as well as lots of healthy regular physical exercises daily. Don't over do your exercises. Gentle does it! Finally do your best to eat which contain folic acids, Strawberries, for example contain very good amount of vitamin B-6,and also rich in B-complex, niacin, riboflavin and folic acids. Folic acids are very important because they help the baby's development and prevent all manners of malfunctions or foetal disorder.

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF FOLIC ACID IN PREGNANCY:    Some pregnant mothers underestimate the importance of folic acid either through ignorance or religious beliefs. Folic acid can be eaten in some foods as I have already written but then, there are some folic acid tablets or capsules.

Folic acid, or folate, is a B vitamin (B9) found mostly  in green vegetables like kale, spinach, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts as well as orange and strawberry juice. Dr Bisoye Fagbohungbe of the National  Hospital , Abuja, Nigeria, explained thus:  He said, "  Folic acid is a form of the B vitamin that aids in the regular cellular development and regeneration, and is especially crucial within the first weeks of your unborn baby's development. It helps to ensure proper formation of the brain and spinal cord, without which there is a higher chance of miscarriage, and a one in 1000 chance that the child will end up with a Neural Tube Disorder (NTD).

"Neural Tube Defects can manifest themselves as a number of different conditions upon birth, including spina bifida and anencephaly. The former, roughly meaning "open spine", in its most severe cases can result in paralysis of the legs as well as bladder and bowel control problems. Anencephaly is a fatal condition caused by underdevelopment of the brain and skull" Yoga exercises pregnancy!

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