9 Tips for Proper Nutrition During Pregnancy

Nutrition during pregnancy is much more important than nutrition in other periods of life when it comes to the a healthy birth process and for the mother to continue her life in a healthy way. Reminding that the only source of nutrition for the baby are the foods consumed by the mother, Yeditepe University Kozyatağı Hospital Dietician and Phytotherapy Specialist Buket Ertaş a Dietician and Phytotherapy Specialist,  pointed out the nutritional mistakes which are commonly made in the said period and gave suggestions on proper nutrition.

Pregnancy is undoubtedly a unique period that every mother goes through. Buket Ertaş who is a specialist in phytotherapy and a dietician in the Yeditepe University Kozyatağı Hospital stated that it is a misperception to eat whatever is desired with the instinct of  motherhood, which makes one think that they now have two lives within.

She also added, "From the first months of pregnancy, expectant mothers think that they should consume more calories for fear of not being able to meet her baby's needs. However, this is not a common situation. In the first trimester of pregnancy, the mother does not need to take extra calories. Normally, a healthy and regularly fed mother can continue her life in the same way she used to before her pregnancy. In addition, of course, the development of the baby should be monitored under the control of the doctor, correct nutrition education should be received from the nutritionist and the supplements given by the doctor should be used regularly.

Buket Ertaş, who gave the information that the mother's need for extra calories starts from the 4th month, emphasized that the baby's development accelerates and the needs of the mother begin to increase during this period and continued as follows: "However, this does not mean that the expectant mother can eat whatever she wants for the source of the calories is also very important.

It is necessary to realize that the main issue is not satiation but nutrition. The period we call second triester is between the 4th and the 6th months. Between these months, the calorie requirement of the mother increases by about 300-350 kcal. This corresponds to the consumption of approximately 1 extra slice of bread, 1 slice of cheese, 1 portion of fruit and 1 bowl of yogurt. In the third trimester, that is, in the last 3 months of pregnancy, the need for extra calories is 450 kcal. This is the period when the mother and baby gains the most weight during the pregnancy. If there is no risk, it is the period when light exercises and healthy food choices are most important.”

Pointing out that eating healthy during pregnancy and gaining as much weight as necessary will contribute to the future baby's fight against diseases in the future life, Uzm. dit. Buket Ertaş gave the following information about the nutritional mistakes made during pregnancy and how the right behavior should be.

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