Nearly half of pregnant women will experience cravings, and some of those cravings cannot be explained. High Desert women have probably heard the old cliche that says women who are expecting will crave pickles and ice cream — and often at the same time. Some women will find that they are interested in sweet foods while others might need those sour treats in order to get through the day. Regardless of the cravings that you might be experiencing, we at Reza Ahmadinia OBGYN want to remind Apple Valley women to make good choices throughout their pregnancy. This is the best way to manage weight gain and provide the baby with the right nutrition during this pivotal part of its development.
How Can I Control My Cravings?
The best way to control your cravings is to enjoy a well-balanced diet throughout your pregnancy. Cravings can be caused by a deficiency in vitamins and nutrients, and a well-balanced diet can ensure that all of your nutritional needs are met. Remember that you can indulge in your cravings without going overboard. Moderation is key. If you are constantly craving ice cream, enjoy a small bowl or opt for a frozen yogurt with fruit instead. You will want to control your cravings in order to manage your weight gain during pregnancy.
Are There Beverages That I Should Avoid While Pregnant?
It is recommended that pregnant women drink plenty of water, with many doctors noting that women should enjoy 10 to 12 glasses of water each day. This ensures that you stay hydrated and that you keep your body functioning properly during this pivotal time. While caffeine is not banned during pregnancy, women should only enjoy caffeinated beverages in moderation. One cup of coffee or one soda per day is the limit most women should stick to. No amount of alcohol is considered safe during pregnancy, and alcoholic beverages should be avoided.
What Foods Should I Try to Incorporate Into My Diet?
There are some foods that are better for you and your baby than others. Broccoli, for example, is filled with important vitamins and nutrients that are beneficial to pregnant women. Beans and legumes also are good choices. Any food with Omega-3 Fatty Acids is a great choice for a woman who is expecting.
In addition to adjusting your diet in order to provide your baby with the healthiest start in life, you might want to consider a prenatal vitamin supplement. Dr. Ahmadinia can talk to you about the different options that are available to you, and can help you decide on a vitamin that will meet your needs. You can discuss your cravings and any other dietary issues with your OB/GYN during your routine prenatal appointments. The doctor will provide you with personalized recommendations and can help you make the best choices for you and for your baby.