Pregnancy Diets: What to Eat When You're Expecting
Eat right to look -- and feel -- your best during these nine very important months of your life
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In fact, most doctors agree that too much of anything (even ice cream, pickles and French fries -- the well-established mom-to-be cravings) is not a good thing when it comes to your pregnancy diet. That said, you can -- and should -- treat your expanding middle with respect, care and attention in order to provide your baby with proper, essential, and important nutrients for growth.
"I always tell patients to keep it simple, consuming foods from all of the various food groups, while limiting those that are high in fat or simple sugars," explains Dr. Jeff Livingston, M.D, an OB-GYN in Irving, Texas. "Moderation, serving size and portion control are all factors, too, to help you look and feel, inside out, the absolute healthiest and best that you can."
In addition to eating right to maintain pregnancy health, it's vital to keep moving -- exercising as you would regularly with some modifications, per your doctor's orders and recommendations, and to take a multi-vitamin (preferably a prenatal one) daily; these, in conjunction with colorful, healthy pregnancy diets and plenty of water, will keep you and the belly in tip-top, gorgeous, shape.
Here, a few pointers, compliments of Dr. Livingston and Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner (and mom of four), Kim Sakovich, also from Irving, Texas, to help you properly (rather than literally) eat for two.
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