Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
(KUTV) When you are pregnant, you are literally eating for two, but doctors say that is not an excuse to eat junk food all the time. Pregnant women need to stick to a healthy diet .
Chelsea Wakley is about 34 weeks into her second pregnancy. She is exercising and doing what she can to eat healthy.
“Since I have a 2-year-old, and a husband, I think it is easier because I want them to eat great. And I know it is important for this baby, so I have tried to be strict,” Wakley said.
Doctor Daniel Kaelberer, Chelsea’s physician, says it is important that women stick to a healthy diet during their pregnancy. “If you think about, when a baby starts it is very small, so it doesn’t need extra calories. So we recommend a 300 extra calorie above your normal diet.”
The diet should consist of everything you remember from the food pyramid: fruits, vegetables, protein and dairy. And you should begin this diet even before you get pregnant.
“You don’t want to have to start a diet when you are pregnant and we don’t recommend that. If you can, hit it beforehand. Lose a little extra weight if you need,” Dr. Kaelberer said.
Another thing women need to do before they conceive is take folic acid every day. Studies show folic acid reduces the risk of birth defects.
“One thing that people don’t realize is that you need that folic acid in the first 28 to 30 days of the pregnancy, so I recommend it to all my patients, starting even before they think about getting pregnant,” Dr. Kaelberer said.
There are foods that pregnant women should try to stay away from, such as fish that may have mercury, and certain deli counter meats.
Best advice, of course, is to talk to your doctor.
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