Eating well in your first trimester

Eating well in your first trimester


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What’s happening in your first trimester of pregnancy? It’s a time of rapid
development! At four weeks, the fetus is as
big as a grain of rice. By eight weeks, it’s the size
of a grape. To support healthy growth,
you’ll want to stay active, sleep well, and eat healthy. That means lots of fruits
and veggies. It also means taking a daily
prenatal vitamin that includes at least 400 mcg of folic acid. During pregnancy, you’ll need to
avoid certain foods like unpasteurized cheese, raw milk
products and under cooked meat. Fish can be a great source of
protein and nutrients, but can also contain mercury,
which can be harmful to your baby in large amounts.
This means you should limit yourself to about two meals containing fish each week such
as canned tuna and salmon. Weight gain is a common concern. Your recommended weight gain
depends on how much you weigh before pregnancy. If you’re already at a
healthy weight, we recommend you gain about
1 pound per month during your first trimester, then about 1
pound per week during the rest of your pregnancy. That means about a total of
25 to 35 pounds. If you’re over- or under weight,
talk to your doctor about your personal weight gain targets. You may be wondering how staying
active helps during pregnancy. Activity helps many pregnant
women maintain a healthy weight, sleep better and feel better
in general. It can also help you cope with
labor pain and recover more quickly after giving birth. Aim for about thirty minutes of
physical activity on most days. I went to a prenatal
exercise class and that was fun because I
got to meet other moms and we basically talked about
how our joints ached and how our bellies were
big and things like that. But I found for me that the
best part about being pregnant wasn’t so much thinking about
the weight in like trying to continually listen to my
body and making sure that I felt good.