Diet and nutrition
Maintaining a healthy diet during pregnancy is very important. During this time, your body needs additional nutrients, vitamins and minerals. In fact, you may need 350–500 extra calories each day during the second and third trimesters. A diet lacking in key nutrients may negatively affect the baby’s development. Poor eating habits and excess weight gain may also increase your risk of gestational diabetes and pregnancy or birth complications.Simply, choosing healthy, nutritious foods will help ensure the health of you and your baby. It will also make it a lot easier to lose the pregnancy weight after you’ve given birth.
What you eat during pregnancy affects your energy and well-being. It may also directly affect the health and development of your baby. Since calorie and nutrient needs are increased, it’s very important that you choose nutrient-dense, healthy foods. Gaining weight during pregnancy is normal, but it’s important to gain it in a healthy way. This benefits you, your baby and your health after the pregnancy.
New parents are subjected to all kinds of contradictory advice about infant nutrition. You can be sure that you are getting your infant off to the healthiest start.
In life, as in other things, where you start can determine where you finish.
Infancy — the first year of life — is a prime time for growth and changes throughout the body.
What we eat as infants strongly affects our long-term body weight, health, metabolic programming, immune system, and overall aging.