Pregnancy Diet in First Trimester

Eating is another challenging issue especially in the first trimester. It is good to know what foods to avoid, since this can help you to feel your best.  Your body is going through quite a number of changes now. Many of the women have felt as if some alien force has invaded their bodies.

In the first trimester, lack of appetite is one concern due to morning sickness. It is best to eat five or six small meals rather than three big ones. This keeps the metabolic rate stable and reduces constipation, gas, heart burn and bloating. In the first month of pregnancy, just an additional 300 calories every day is enough for your baby to grow normally. Be careful of your food intake, since it is not good to gain excessive weight in the initial phase as a higher caloric intake is important in the later stages of pregnancy when the babies grow rapidly.

First Trimester Diet “Do’s”

Some of the do’s for the first trimester are as follows:

  • If you have a problem with the smell of foods then eat foods at room or cold temperature as they tend to reduce the odor present in such foods.
  • Gorge on dry, bland snacks like popcorn which does not cause an imbalance to the digestive system.
  • Avoid foods and snacks that are very spicy and oily.
  • Nausea is another common problem that every women faces during the first trimester. Saltine crackers are one of the easiest things to digest and will help with combating nausea.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
  • Sip fluids between meals, as this can reduce bloating.
  • You can drink fluids that are chilled or frozen.

First Trimester Diet “Dont’s”

Some of the things that you are supposed to avoid during pregnancy are:

  • Do not eat sea foods that contain a high amount of mercury like:  mackerel, swordfish and shark.
  • Avoid these foods throughout pregnancy.
  • Limit the intake of other sea foods to two servings a week.
  • Do not eat raw meat like raw sushi as they may contain bacteria that causes food poisoning.
  • Avoid the intake of raw eggs as they may cause salmonella infection.
  • Drink juices only if they are pasteurized since they could be contaminated with bacteria.
  • Stop drinking alcoholic beverages during pregnancy as it may lead to serious fatal defects like fetal alcohol syndrome.

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