Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Nutrition Information & Fitness Guidelines for Pregnant Women
Welcome to NutrActive's section of the site dedicated to providing you with helpful resources. A key component to a healthy pregnancy is through proper nutrition and being active. There are, however, specific guidelines you need to know like what foods contain substances you do not want to eat, foods high in nutrients that promote a healthy baby and healthier you, what physical activities are recommended...what are not okay? The sites shared below contain loads of information. Self educating and being "in the know" ensures you are doing everything in your power for you and your bundle of joy.

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Pregnancy Diet and Nutrition

A healthy diet is crucial to having a healthy pregnancy. Good nutrition is essential to ensuring that a mother's body can give the unborn baby the nourishment she or he requires to develop and grow. Good nutrition is essential to ensuring that a mother's body can give the unborn baby the nourishment she or he requires to develop and grow. Nutrition concerns include low energy, folate, iron, calcium, vitamin D, and more. Refer to site's article for proper eating during pregnancy:

Health Tips for Pregnant Women
Having a baby is an exciting time that often inspires women to make healthier lifestyle choices and, if needed, work toward a healthy body weight. This shared link provides tips on how to improve your eating and physical activity habits while you’re pregnant and after your baby is born. These tips can also be useful if you’re not pregnant but are thinking about having a baby! By making changes now, you can get used to new lifestyle habits. You’ll give your baby the best possible start on life and be a healthy example to your family for a lifetime.

The Pregnancy Show: Pregnancy Exercise

Staying in shape while you’re pregnant can be quite a challenge. Not only does your changing body restrict the type of activities you can do, many pregnant women are unsure as to which types of physical activities are actually safe during pregnancy. At the link below, there are video clips demonstrating exercises you can do during pregnancy.

Healthy Eating for You and Your Baby

Eating a healthy diet during pregnancy is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby. After all, the food you eat is your baby's main source of nutrition. Consider these pregnancy nutrition tips to promote your baby's growth and development. Find out what — and how much — to eat at:

Nutrition Before Pregnancy

Many women don't eat a well-balanced diet before pregnancy and may not have the proper nutritional status for the demands of pregnancy. Generally, a pregnant woman needs to add about 300 extra calories daily after the first trimester to meet the needs of her body and her developing fetus. But those calories, as well as her entire diet, need to be healthy, balanced, and nutritious.

The MyPlate icon is a guideline to help you eat a healthy diet by encouraging a variety of foods while getting the right number of calories and fat. The USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have prepared this food plate to help you select a variety of healthy foods. MyPlate is available for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Learn more including which nutrients pregnant women are susceptible to being deficient at:

Nutrition During Pregnancy for Vegetarians

Your baby can receive the nutrition needed to grow and develop while you follow a vegetarian meal plan. During pregnancy, it is important to choose a variety of foods that provide enough protein and calories for you and your baby. Depending on the type of vegetarian meal plan you follow, you might need to adjust your eating habits. Follow the guidelines listed at the Web site below for healthy vegetarian eating during pregnancy.

The Pregnant Woman’s Guide to Eating Seafood

Eating seafood during pregnancy is a good way to get the nutrients you and your baby need. Seafood is one of the only foods rich in a healthy oil called omega-3 DHA. Omega-3 DHA is needed for your baby’s brain and eye development. Other nutrients found in seafood—including protein, calcium, vitamin D and iron—help build bones and muscles. The guide at the following site will show you tasty ways to meet your seafood needs so you and your baby can maximize the many benefits of fish.

American Pregnancy Association

The American Pregnancy Association is a national health organization committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness through education, research, advocacy, and community awareness. A great number of resources available at this site.

Medline Plus: U.S. National Library of Medicine on Pregnancy

Whether you are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant, you will want to give your baby a healthy start. You need to have regular visits with your health care provider. These prenatal care visits are very important for your baby and yourself. Some things you might do when you are pregnant could hurt your baby, such as smoking or drinking. Some medicines can also be a problem, even ones that a doctor prescribed. You will need to drink plenty of fluids and eat a healthy diet. You may also be tired and need more rest. Your body will change as your baby grows during the nine months of your pregnancy. If you think you have a problem or something is bothering or worrying you, the link below covers a large variety of concerns experienced during pregnancy and is a great place to start putting your mind at ease, HOWEVER, Don't hesitate to call your health care provider.

March of Dimes: Nutrition, Weight, & Fitness

Learn how to make smart food choices and how to prepare, cook and handle foods safely. Find out about foods to avoid or limit during pregnancy, like foods that contain caffeine or mercury. For most pregnant women, it’s safe to exercise every day. Being active can give you energy, help you relieve stress and help you gain the right amount of weight during pregnancy. It can even help your body get ready for labor and birth! Find out what’s OK and what not to do during pregnancy at:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Knowing that you are doing all you can to stay healthy during pregnancy and give your baby a healthy start in life will help you to have peace of mind. CDC focuses on preventing birth defects due to bad lifestyle choices. Learn what to do before, during, and after pregnancy. Information on vaccines, medications, and more plus scientific articles available for properly educating yourself.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

The ACOG is the premier professional membership organization dedicated to the improvement of women’s health. The Patient Page allows you to access information you can trust from the leading experts in women's health care. If you are seeking to research a specific area of concern, this is a great resource to use:

United States Department of Agriculture:
National Agricultural Library:
Nutrition During Pregnancy

Find guidelines and resources for considering the nutrient needs of pregnant women below. Specific resources cover Gestational Diabetes, Educating Pregnant Women, and Vegetarian Pregnancy. Other information covers news about pregnancy preparation, what happens during each of the three trimesters of pregnancy, fertility, labor and more.

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