Healthy Mommy Healthy Baby


Hi, guys!
I AM NOT PREGNANT.
Let's just get that out of the way first. LOL. Pic above is a maternity photoshoot I did for a friend last year. My client was really happy with the result and I thought I'd share it here as well. It's her second child and she didn't do any maternity shoot with the first kid so she wanted something to remember her pregnancy by; but, she doesn't want to spend tons of money either. I volunteer to do everything that I could so she could save money. Of course being the client is a dear friend of mine, I was willing to go the extra mile. From hair, make up, and even styling, I did it all. The lace robe is from my wedding and the black dress was just something I had in my closet. The mommy-to-be didn't have a plain black dress.



She shared with me during her first pregnancy she was definitely overwhelmed with all the informations she got from doctor, family, and friends. She decided to just do her own research. And I agree, when you're pregnant, one should do some research especially if its their first pregnancy. It's a wonderful thing to be pregnant but it's no easy feat. For example, you can't eat sushi. I mean, how? Not just that, you need to watch what you eat as well. I teamed up with CheckPregnancy to gives you mommy-to-be some insight on what substances you need to put in you body; because healthy mommy means healthy baby.

--NUTRITION NEEDED DURING PREGNANCY--

When you carry a child, it is important that you look into your health for the sake of the baby that is developing inside you. Since you are what you eat, it is crucial to eat healthy food that ensures that you remain well for your child and for yourself. It is also important to research and find out what foods are not at all to be taken for the health of your child.
Contrary to popular belief, women do not need to eat for two when they are pregnant. Only about 300 more calories are nutritious and will provide for their well-being. The following is a small guideline that will help you understand what your body needs and it what amounts when you are pregnant:

Proteins:
Protein is important for tissue development of your fetus and for your uterus. It ensures that you're worn out tissues are quickly replaced and the bloody supply is ample for your baby. About three servings of protein each day can help you achieve a sufficient amount of your daily requirements. Chicken, beef, pork, beans, salmon, and cottage cheese are ideal sources of protein in pregnancy.

Folate:
Folate which is popularly known as folic acid is an also very crucial for the fetus and the mother. It helps in fighting the major defects that can affect a mother and the child during giving birth. It also helps to make the baby’s brain and spinal cord stronger and less prone to injury during birthing. Pregnant women need about 600 to 800 micrograms of folic acid per day. Good sources include liver, nuts, peanut butter, eggs, and leafy green vegetables.


Iron:
Iron is a very important component in the blood since it helps in transferring oxygen all around the body. When a woman is pregnant, she needs to ensure at least 27 milligrams of iron per day so that her baby can get a good amount of oxygen per day and your baby can remain healthy. Remember access iron can be bad so servings should be taken with care. Good sources of iron are citrus fruits, bread and cereals, eggs, dried fruits, leafy vegetables, beans, and poultry.

Calcium:
Calcium contributes to the bones of your body and helps develop the fetus’s bones normally and in a healthy way. It is ideal for expecting mothers to take three servings of calcium every day in order to ensure normalcy and health in their baby. Great sources of calcium are milk, yogurt, cheese, cabbage, tofu, eggs, and pudding.


Cravings:
Many women get cravings all through their pregnancy which is not proved as to why it happens, but it is most likely because of hormonal changes. Sugary foods, chocolates, spices, and junk foods are common as cravings which can be taken in a small amount to satisfy the cravings. Emergen-C is a great way to tone down fizzy drink solutions since it has many vitamins and it is healthy. However, women who have unusual cravings like powders, clay, ashes, and other items should consult a doctor and not consume the things. These unusual cravings generally are an indication of lack of a certain nutrient in the body.

And that's pretty much it. It sounds like a lot especially if you're used to eating junk food but you know, baby steps (pun very much intended). I do think you must must cut out smoking and alcohol altogether. Well, at least until you pop the baby :)

Thank you so much for reading and I will see you in my next post!


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