Now that you are pregnant, you are not only responsible for yourself but for the life you are carrying as well. Over the following 9 months, your baby will depend exclusively on the nutrients and energy that are obtained from the foods you eat. What you eat and what you do not eat therefore has a major influence on your baby’s growth and development. Just because you are pregnant, that does not necessarily mean you have to eat like an elephant. You will need a higher caloric intake, however, you most certainly do not have to eat for two like you will probably hear a lot over the following few months. Pregnancy is not the time to watch your weight either but gaining too much weight can put you at increased risk of pregnancy complications. Rather than how much you eat, however, it is important what you eat.
Basically, pregnancy diet should consist of diversified and nutritionally rich foods because it is the nutrients rather than calories your baby needs for healthy growth and development. But since some key nutrients are very difficult to obtain in adequate amounts from dietary sources alone, you will also need to take prenatal vitamins.
You can more or less eat the same foods than before you were pregnant although there are a few which should be avoided. Why and which foods are potentially unsafe to eat are discussed in our Eating and Dieting section. Here, you can also find lots of useful tips on healthy pregnancy diet that will help you stay healthy and provide your baby with all the necessary nutrients to grow strong and healthy.