No one enjoys following a specific diet. Even the most athletic, health conscious person craves a death by chocolate brownie every now and then. Pregnant women however, have additional needs that must be met by providing their working bodies with good prenatal nutrition. A pregnant diet is created to meet the nutritional needs of both mother and unborn child. Adhering to good prenatal nutrition may also be one of the easiest types of diets to follow. Expectant mothers will usually find it much easier to eat healthy for someone else's, most specifically their child's, well being as opposed to their own. Though it may vary from person to person, prenatal nutrition is a fairly basic concept of healthy eating and correct supplementation based on the bodies ever changing needs. Doctors compile pregnancy diets based on years of research in the field, and pair those with the individual prenatal nutrition needs of the specific mother to be.
Every pregnant diet requires healthy eating of all the major food groups, of which pizza is unfortunately not one, with an increase in servings to meet the increased caloric needs the woman's body wants to help her little one grow. Prenatal nutrition includes a concentration on vital proteins, and an increased requirement for calcium, both to supplement the mother's depleted stores, and to meet the baby's developmental requirements.
An absence of good prenatal nutrition can result in the mother developing gestational diabetes, anemia, or giving birth to a low birth weight baby. While it is important to realize that additional influences may create any of the three previously mentioned problems, following good pregnancy diets can help minimize the chances regardless. All three should obviously be avoided if at all possible. Tests are conducted throughout the pregnancy to monitor blood sugar levels and check for potential anemia.
Another stepping stool to good prenatal nutrition is the prenatal vitamin. Many doctors will prescribe some type of prenatal nutrition vitamin supplement to aid in the increased needs of every pregnant woman. Some women will take these prenatal vitamins throughout their pregnancy, while some, depending on their level of symptoms (especially morning sickness as prenatal vitamins can often aggravate this condition), may take these in their last trimester only.
Surely all of us have known someone or heard stories of someone who had strange food cravings during their pregnancy. Pickles and ice cream or peanut butter and sardines, the cravings are often unique to the individual. Doctors believe that many of these cravings take place because the expectant mother is not getting enough of a certain type of nutrient. A craving for ice cream for instance, may mean that the mother's body needs more calcium. A sudden desire for peanut butter may reveal a higher level of protein is needed. There are believers and non-believers of this craving by necessity theory, and as long as the cravings are not for harmful substances, doctors see no need for pregnant women to deny them. It must also be mentioned, however, that sometimes a craving for saltines with oranges may simply be a hormonal craving and nothing more. The jury is still deciding.
One thing the pregnant diet does have in it's favor is that women are still allowed to "splurge" on items not as nutritionally viable as they see fit, provided it's not done to excess. Which makes pregnancy diets the only ones currently out there which allow for that death by chocolate brownie or extra scoop of hand churned ice cream when the expectant mother wants it. Lucky them!