Congratulations! You’re a having a baby! All kinds of changes and demands to your body are going to happen. But when it comes to what you should be eating, your doctor may say that your body needs only an additional 200-300 calories per day to grow a strong, healthy baby.
Compare a sample diet for an average female versus the meal plan for a pregnant woman. There are many upgrades to the New Mommy Plan versus the Current Diet.
For example, breakfast in the new mommy plan includes a whole wheat or bran muffin. Fiber is important during pregnancy as many women encounter digestive issues and irregularity. To ease these issues, proper hydration and fiber intake is key. Women need between 25 and 30 grams of fiber per day and it's best to get your fiber throughout the day as opposed to one or two meals.
Notice the New Mommy Plan eliminates diet soda, replacing it with lemon water. Avoiding artificial sweeteners should be considered during pregnancies. Most doctors agree that these are safe during pregnancy when used in moderation, although it's always a good idea to use sugar or other natural sweeteners whenever possible.
Snacking is encouraged for healthy eating! Notice the New Mommy Plan suggests a Fiber One Bar instead of a traditional granola bar. Fiber One Bars offer 20-35 percent of the daily recommended intake of fiber with less than 5 grams of fat, in a guilt-free, on-the-go package.
Dinner is one more opportunity to obtain better nutrition by boosting protein intake with a glass of milk and adding more greens into the equation by making the salad a featured meal instead of a side dish.