2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-22 03:30
Although a pregnant woman should eat enough to meet her baby's nutritional needs, her energy needs increase only slightly during pregnancy.
Eating better for two, yes, but not twice as much!
In the first trimester of pregnancy, baby goes from being an embryo to a fetus. The formation of this complete little being requires a minimum of energy. Pregnant women must therefore consume approximately 100 Calories more than they normally eat, i.e. the equivalent of a piece of yogurt or fruit.
In the second and third trimester of pregnancy, the baby is growing well. The energy needs of the pregnant woman then increase by 300 Calories (500 Cal/day for the pregnant teenager). An orange in the morning, half a peanut butter sandwich in the afternoon and a glass of milk in the evening… And there you are, baby sated!
Pregnancy requires the future mother to slightly increase the quantity of food she consumes and, above all, to ensure the quality of this food. By following Canada's Food Guide to He althy Eating and increasing the number of servings appropriately,pregnant woman will find the nutrients and energy she needs.
To ensure the quality of your diet, consume every day:
- whole grain products
- colorful vegetables (green, yellow, orange, red)
- dairy products
- meat, fish, legumes, eggs or nuts
Choose fresh foods and vary your diet as much as possible!