Pregnant Women Should Eat For Two: True or Not?
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You've heard the maxim that pregnant women need to "eat for two" more times than you can remember. But is it really true?
Transcript: You've heard the maxim that pregnant women need to "eat for two" more times than you can remember. But...
You've heard the maxim that pregnant women need to "eat for two" more times than you can remember. But contrary to popular belief, this adage is NOT true. While a pregnant woman needs extra nutrients like 1,000 mg more calcium and 27 - 30 mg more iron, you DON'T need to "eat for two" to satisfy this added nutritional need. Today, the prevailing rule of thumb is that pregnant women ONLY require an additional 300 calories per baby a day. So, if you're carrying twins, you'd consume 600 more calories than normal. Pregnancy is not a time for overindulgence, it's a time to eat sensibly and healthily. The trick is to consume these extra calories in a way will give a pregnant woman's body the added nutrition it needs. Try eating a handful of nuts or dried fruit for a tasty, nutition-rich snack. While it might be tempting to look at pregnancy as an opportunity to get your nosh on, remember that you're not really eating for two, more like eating for ONE plus a tiny being.More »
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Although pregnancy can be a time of cravings and indulgences, pregnant women should be careful about what kinds of foods they're consuming--seafood especially. Learn more about seafood during pregnancy by watching this video.
Transcript: With all of the alarming news about mercury, pregnancy diet decisions can be difficult for a girl who...
With all of the alarming news about mercury, pregnancy diet decisions can be difficult for a girl who likes her seafood. How's this for confusing: The omega-3s provided by seafood have been shown to help your baby's developing brain thrive. But eating fish contaminated with mercury, PCBs, dioxins and pesticides has been shown to cause pre-term labor, miscarriage and birth defects. Before you fret, know that most doctors agree that the benefits of eating some seafood-up to 12 ounces weekly-far outweigh the risks. To be safe about what you consume, take high mercury fish like shark, mackerel, swordfish and tilefish off your plate for now. However, lots of fish are relatively pollutant-free. You can enjoy scallops, shrimp, flounder, sole, clams, oysters, tilapia, catfish, crayfish, whitefish and sardines with relative safety. Tuna can be safe, but some forms are safer than others. For example, tuna steaks are high in mercury, and should be avoided, but canned light tuna is ok, as long as you limit yourself to six ounces a week. It's smart to vary what you eat while you're pregnant-don't have any one type of fish more than once a week. In addition, because most fish have a high concentration of toxins in their skin, it's beneficial to remove the skin before cooking, and you can remove even more toxins by always cooking the fish all the way through. Unfortunately, the possibility of raw toxins does mean that sushi is off the good list for now-so why not enjoy a sardine snack in the meantime?More »
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Mercury can be extremely dangerous for your unborn baby. Find out more about this by watching this video on pregnancy and mercury.
Transcript: You love tuna and other fish dishes, but, oh mercy, the mercury! Mercury compounds, like methylmercury,...
You love tuna and other fish dishes, but, oh mercy, the mercury! Mercury compounds, like methylmercury, are chemical byproducts dumped into our oceans and rivers, which can contaminate some of the fish we eat. While mercury hasn't yet been shown to significantly harm adults, it can be extremely bad for babies. When a pregnant woman ingests mercury from fish, it can pass easily through a mother's body into her baby's placenta. This metal is toxic to a baby's nervous system and can result in disabilities ranging from cerebral palsy to mental retardation. For this reason, it is wise to avoid large, high-mercury fish while pregnant, including: shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish. Another worrisome fish is tuna, which tends to have a moderate level of mercury. Tuna isn't completely off-limits, but pregnant women should limit their consumption of it, and avoid tuna steaks and filets, which have been shown to be high in the toxin. Instead, stick to light, canned tuna, and don't consume more than six ounces of it a week. You can feel safe about consuming smaller fish, like sardines, catfish and tilapia. Most shellfish is fine, as well, with the exception of lobster, which, like tuna has moderate mercury content. Unfortunately, methylmercury remains in your system for up to a year after it is consumed. A. Because mercury consumed even prior to pregnancy can harm a fetus, B. it's wise to minimize dangerous fish if you're trying to conceive. However, if you became pregnant unexpectedly and know that you've consumed large amounts of mercury, don't panic - it most likely won't have any consequences. However, you should stop eating fish that have mercury, and talk to your doctor. If you are concerned, you can always have a test performed to ascertain the level of mercury in your system. Today's pregnant woman needs to be very careful to minimize her mercury intake, but remember, just because mercury is bad for you doesn't mean you should stop eating fish.More »
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During pregnancy, it's extremely important to eat food that is healthy and safe for your baby. Check out this video to find out more about the safe stuff to eat during pregnancy.
Transcript: If there's one thing you've learned during your pregnancy, it's that an expectant momma's gotta eat....
If there's one thing you've learned during your pregnancy, it's that an expectant momma's gotta eat. Some foods-like veggies and dairy-are clearly in the "good for baby" department. However, since some others are more questionable, here's a rundown of foods that were once considered 'iffy' that are definitely A-OK for you and your baby. In terms of sweet stuff, you'll be thrilled to hear that eating chocolate is totally safe, as its trace amounts of caffeine aren't enough to harm your fetus. In fact, you'd get sick from gorging yourself on chocolate long before the chocolate's caffeine content could be dangerous. Artificial sweeteners like sucralose, more commonly known as Splenda, and aspartame, the sweetener in Equal and NutraSweet, are also fine for pregnant women, although they should be consumed in moderation. However, pregnant moms should avoid the potentially toxic sweetener saccharin, which is the primary ingredient in Sweet 'N Low. Many women express worry about eating non-organic livestock and produce, but these concerns are unfounded. Although non-organic livestock is treated with antibiotics, these antibiotics have not been shown to harm a developing baby. Similarly, non-organic produce treated with pesticides is safe, although it's wise to wash it first, just as you did prior to pregnancy. If you are looking to spice up your pregnancy, feel free to indulge. Very spicy foods are also fine for expectant moms. However, the potential for heartburn may make you think twice about Indian take-out!More »
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Can you just eat anything want during pregnancy? The simple answer is no. Find out more about cautionary foods during pregnancy by watching this video.
Transcript: Many pregnant women divide their diet into lists of off-limits foods and safe foods. There is actually...
Many pregnant women divide their diet into lists of off-limits foods and safe foods. There is actually a third list to be aware of though - cautionary foods. There are some foods that pregnant women just shouldn't eat-like mercury-laden fish and the potentially toxic sweetener saccharin. However, there are many foods that are completely safe for pregnancy. So if you are looking for a little variety in your diet, and don't want to take any risks, you should be aware that there are also quite a few foods on the safe list, if they are eaten in moderation. Although some people have suggested that consuming grilled and blackened meats, for example, poses a slight cancer risk. Most doctors agree that it's fine to enjoy blackened foods in moderation. Similarly, cured meats, like pepperoni, bologna, and hot dogs, have been brought into question. Worry here stems from nitrates-chemical preservatives that may prove toxic in large doses. For this reason, once-a-month moderation is recommended for this type of food. What if you're a vegan or a vegetarian? Can you maintain your diet without any risk to the baby? The jury says yes on this one, with one caveat: Take a multi-vitamin to make up for any nutrients lacking in your diet. And speak to your doctor about dietary restrictions. With her help, you can keep your baby healthy and eat a diet that works for you.More »
Last Modified: 2013-10-02 | Tags »
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It's not necessary to diet during pregnancy, nor should you be eating for two. Watch this video to learn how many calories you need during pregnancy.
Transcript: It's hard not to think about dieting when your body is ballooning, but is it a wise move to cut calories...
It's hard not to think about dieting when your body is ballooning, but is it a wise move to cut calories during your pregnancy? Most doctors agree that pregnancy is a time for gaining weight, not losing it. The average woman should gain between 25 and 27 pounds when pregnant. While women who are morbidly obese should gain less weight during pregnancy - about 15 pounds - all women should gain some weight. That's because, when you go hungry, so does your fetus. In fact, that little passenger has a big appetite. He or she requires that you eat about 2,500 calories every day! Since most diets recommend consuming between 1,500 and 1,700, it's easy to see why dieting during pregnancy is a no-no. If you want to drink diet shakes, as some nauseous women do during pregnancy, that's generally fine. But never rely on a these shakes as a meal replacement-it's not enough for your baby, and it's not enough for you right now, either. So keep eating throughout your pregnancy and worry about weight loss afterwards.More »
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A healthy pregnancy is accompanied by a healthy diet which is essential for your health as well as your baby's. Watch this video to learn about food for a healthy pregnancy.
Transcript: Now that you're pregnant you can eat whatever you want, right? Well-not quite! Keep watching for tips...
Now that you're pregnant you can eat whatever you want, right? Well-not quite! Keep watching for tips on keeping mom and baby healthy during pregnancy. Good nutrition is vital during pregnancy. Your baby needs plenty of vitamins and minerals to develop properly and you need them to stay strong - as you probably know by now, pregnancy is exhausting. Ensure your baby gets the food it needs! Most pregnant women need to eat only 300 extra calories a day. That's a healthy weight gain of about five pounds during the first trimester. While you're pregnant, try to eat three daily servings of protein to support the baby's rapid growth. Consider lean meats, eggs and legumes. Calcium also helps babies build bones. If you're not fond of milk, consider kale or edamame. Bold, colorful fruits and veggies contain the most nutrients to help your baby grow. Apples and iceburg lettuce are good for you, but mangos and romaine lettuce are even better. Of course, you'll need certain extras, too! Your pregnant body can't store essential Vitamin C. Get a fresh supply every day with strawberries, melon, tomatoes, and, of course, orange juice. Mineral-rich whole grain breads, cereals and pastas provide vital nutrients and can also combat pregnancy-induced nausea. To prevent anemia while pregnant, you'll need more iron. Spinach, soy products, dried fruit and blackstrap molasses are all great choices. To stay hydrated and healthy, aim for at least eight, eight-ounce cups of fluid daily. Water is best but milk, sugar-free juice and other liquids count, too! Fill in any gaps in your diet with a multivitamin formulated especially for pregnant women. While pregnant, you must remember that not every food is healthy for you and your baby. Alcohol is a no-no. Even moderate drinking can induce complications. Caffeine is OK in small doses, but stay below 300 milligram, or three cups, daily. That's because caffeine can counteract the benefits of calcium, and may increase the chances of miscarriage. Minimal unsaturated fats and salts are fine, but limit total fats to less than 30 percent of your daily calories. Also, avoid empty calories, like those found in processed and junk foods. You may love sushi, but pregnancy isn't the time to eat anything raw or undercooked. Cook meats until well done and fish until it flakes. Make sure that egg yolks are cooked through, and that all dairy products are pasteurized. Steer clear of herbal supplements and teas. They're natural, sure, but ginkgo biloba and St. John's Wort can have negative effects on a pregnant body. Of course, if you're pregnant, discuss any medications you are taking with your doctor. Many other natural therapies, like massage, meditation and acupuncture can relieve stress and ease the physical aches of pregnancy. Just be sure to tell any practioner that you are pregnant before beginning a session! The bottom line is that natural is better when you're pregnant. Always consult your doctor before trying a new diet or therapy.More »
Last Modified: 2013-04-15 | Tags »
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