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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Basic nutrition in pregnancy--Nutrition 101

It is generally reccomended that our expectant Moms gain a total of about 25-30 pounds during pregnancy--especially if one is petite or otherwise ideal weight.  If one has a "little bit extra" in the weight department,
a minimal 10-20 pound gain is probably just fine.  Expectant Moms who are weighing in the low 200s and above probably don't really need to gain any weight.  Try not to miss any meals and aim for small "large snacklike meals" more frequently.
          It is highly reccomended to take at least 800 micrograms of extra folic acid each day--this can be procured in a standard prenatal vitamin or a good multivitamin.  Various studies have touted extra Omega 3 fatty acids to possibly positively benefit fetal brain development.  Flaxseed oil capsules are a particularly good source of Omega 3s and are don't entail any risk of heavy metal exposure that one could experience with "Fish oil" capsules.  At minimum, Omega 3s are probably good for one's cardiac health!   I have not seen any studies showing the use of extra Vitamin D in pregnancy;  Vitamin D has "been the rage" lately in the nutritional world.
      Most of use "run dry" and don't drink enough liquids--we all need to hydrate ourselves exhuberantly.
In the latter 2nd trimester and 3rd trimester of pregnancy, inadequate hydration can lead to lots of "false labor pains"/uterine irritability/Braxton-Hicks uterine contractions as well as increased risk of kidney stones, colds/flu, urinary infections etc.  Ideally, one's urine should be clear or just a "slight tinge of yellow".  Best of Health and Happiness!      DR. K.

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