Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Trim Pregnancy...

Errr... no I'm not pregnant ;)

I wrote this article 'Nutrition Tips for Mummies' (Read: http://www.adura-odesanya.co.uk/2012/01/nutrition-tips-for-mummies.html) last year.

Also, I've been asked by friends, family and readers quite a few questions from nutrition to exercise during pregnancy. This has inspired this new series on my blog (Name is subject to change!).

Each post will have a tip on nutrition, exercise or anything else that might be of use to you. If you have any questions, please ask and I'll address them soon.

Disclaimer: Of course I am not a mother (yet) so my information is from research and experiences that pregnant friends, family or clients have had :)

Cravings and Changes in Appetite
Most pregnant women have odd eating habits, cravings and appetites. You might have little to no appetite, sugar cravings so you want everything 'bad' while surprisingly, some see no changes in appetite or cravings.

To deal with cravings, try to ensure you don't always have unhealthy food within your reach. Avoid supermarket aisles that carry these foods. Also, buy one or two of the things you really crave, and have them as treats. Fruit can also help satisfy some sugar cravings.
You don't want to deprive yourself, neither do you want to over indulge.

To deal with having little to no appetite, try eating small meals often. Also make sure all your meals are rich in the nutrients your body needs: Protein, starchy foods (try to stay away from processed carbohydrates and eat potatoes, yam, plantain, 'amala', brown rice and similar foods) and as always, bulk up your meals with vegetables.

Remember to always stay hydrated - drink water whenever you're thirsty and with meals.

Lucky ladies who have normal appetites and no cravings, enjoy :)

If you're taking prenatal supplements, they must be rich in Vitamin D and Folic Acid.

Photo Credit: Baby Clip Art

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this post.