You want to take good care of your unborn baby. With the right food, he gets everything he needs and you also feel fit and healthy. Below the 10 most frequently asked questions and answers about nutrition if you are pregnant in collaboration with the Nutrition center..
- Can I replace fruit and vegetables with fruit and vegetable juice or a smoothie?
No. Vegetable, fruit juice and smoothies often contain fewer nutrients, such as vitamin C and fiber, than the fresh product. That is why they only count for a maximum of half for the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables, even if you take more. The advice is to eat 250 grams of vegetables and 2 portions of fruit every day. For example, if you take 1 glass of orange juice (150 ml), then eat another 100 grams of fresh fruit on that day.
- Can I prevent allergies in my child by following a diet during my pregnancy?
No. There are no indications that it makes sense to follow a diet during pregnancy or while breastfeeding to prevent allergies. You can, however, take a number of measures to reduce the chance. By not smoking and breastfeeding you reduce the risk of an allergy.
- Can I safely eat honey if I am pregnant?
Yes. Everyone can safely eat honey from the age of one. This also applies to pregnant women and women who breastfeed. Only small children, younger than 1 year, are not allowed to use honey. They can get sick because traces of the harmful bacteria clostridium botulinum can occur in honey.
- How do I eat healthy vegetarian meals?
Adults and children are fine without meat or fish. For a fully-fledged vegetarian diet it is important to eat enough other products that provide enough iron, vitamin B and protein. Or choose a meat substitute that contains this sufficiently.
Iron is found in bread, grains, vegetables, legumes, eggs, and other meat substitutes. Iron from these vegetable products is better absorbed if you take it together with a vitamin C-rich product (vegetables, fruit or juice with vitamin C). Vitamin B is found in bread, cereal products, legumes, milk and milk products, cheese and egg. Vitamin B12 is only found in animal products. Vegetarians depend on milk (products), cheese and egg for this vitamin. Protein can be found in bread, cereal products, legumes, soy products, nuts, cheese, milk and egg.
- Can I use sweeteners and light soft drinks if I am pregnant?
Yes. Sweeteners such as sweets and light soft drinks are safe to use. A maximum amount has been set that applies to everyone, including pregnant women. Sweeteners are not a danger to the health of you and your baby if you stay under the ADI (acceptable daily intake). With a normal consumption pattern, the amount of sweeteners is well below.
- I ate something that was no longer good. Is that harmful to my unborn child?
For example, if you ate moldy bread or drank milk that was past the date, food poisoning or infection could result. This in itself does not have to be harmful. If the product in question was contaminated with certain bacteria or parasites, your baby may be at risk. Contact your doctor immediately if you have diarrhea or vomiting.
- What can I do about nausea during pregnancy?
Drink and eat immediately when you wake up, so before you get up. Your partner can bring breakfast in bed, such as a cup of tea and a biscuit. You can also prepare something in the evening, such as a cracker, rice cake or currant bun. Eating regularly helps prevent nausea . For example, eat a sandwich or piece of fruit between meals. Drink enough, especially if the nausea is accompanied by vomiting. Ginger tea can also help with nausea.
- Are there dietary recommendations for gestational diabetes?
If you get diabetes during your pregnancy, you have to diet. That mainly means: eating very regularly. A dietician can guide you through your diet and give advice on the right diet. Women with diabetes who become pregnant are treated by a gynecologist.
- Can I take lines during my pregnancy?
Lines during pregnancy are not recommended. You and your unborn child then run the risk of shortages of important nutrients. It is very normal that you arrive. If you feel that you are arriving too much, discuss this with your obstetrician or gynecologist. It is also not necessary for two to eat and drink. Your pregnancy requires a little extra energy, but because you exercise less, you also use less. Put your personal daily menu together with the Schijf van Vijf.
- Do I need extra vitamins during my pregnancy?
You need extra folic acid and vitamin D needed. Folic acid has been shown to reduce the chance of a baby with an open back. Therefore, take 400 micro grams of folic acid per day from the moment you want to become pregnant. In any case, continue to swallow up to 8 weeks after conception: that is approximately 10 weeks after the first day of your last period. It is not necessary to take folic acid afterwards, but it is also not harmful. You can continue to take it safely if a pregnancy is delayed. Folic acid tablets can be purchased at a pharmacy and drugstore without a prescription.
You also need extra vitamin D during pregnancy. Take 10 micro grams of vitamin D a day to keep your bones and those of your baby healthy.