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Eating Healthy While Pregnant Matters

Sour Pickles and Ice Cream and Cravings, Oh My!

May 27, 2014

Does healthy eating while pregnant matter?

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There are so many time-honored sayings that relate food to pregnancy, starting with “she has a bun in the oven,” it makes me laugh. Follow that with unending stories of wacky and often downright odd sounding food cravings. Ice cream I can handle but hold the pickles, please. I cannot say for sure why the pickles and ice cream combo is probably the most widely cited pregnancy food craving. Sounds pretty unappetizing to me! I remember my late mother telling me she craved celery when she was carrying me. (Back then, getting celery in the winter was no easy task). I am not terribly fond of celery to this day, so perhaps there is a link here...or is it I like the taste of celery but not the stringiness of it?

Weird food cravings aside, eating a healthy diet while pregnant is vitally important to both the development of the child and the mother. While it is important to get the right amount of certain nutrients during pregnancy, gaining too much weight can be detrimental and cause health issues such as gestational diabetes. That is why watching one's calorie intake is important, and needs to be guided by your Ob/Gyn practitioner or other health professional. 

Gone are the days of “eating for two” (translated: eat what you want and pack on the pounds!). During the first trimester, usually no extra calories are needed. Approximately 340-450 calories per day above one's pre-pregnancy dietary intake is all that is necessary for many women during the second and third trimesters – and those extra calories add up quickly.

To help keep calories under control, the country's leading health organization on women's reproductive issues recommends that pregnant women avoid sugary drinks and foods with added sugar as one way to keep from gaining unneeded weight.

Want to eliminate excess sugar calories without depriving yourself? Consider using SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener as part of a healthy prenatal and even postnatal diet. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration as well as other notable health authorities around the world have concluded that sucralose (the sweetening ingredient in SPLENDA® Sweeteners) is suitable for use by everyone, including pregnant and nursing women. This was determined after a multitude of studies demonstrated that sucralose can be safely consumed by all.

To add more fiber to the diet, women - pregnant or not - may want to consider using SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, 1 Gram of Fiber, Granulated that has one gram of fiber per teaspoon. Fiber continues to be lacking in the American diet so every little bit can help! Of course, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should always talk with their doctor or appropriate healthcare professional about specific nutritional and caloric needs to support their health as well as their baby's health.

Pickled celery anyone?

Sue Taylor is a consulting nutritionist with more than 35 years of experience. She is passionate about sharing her nutrition knowledge and fondness for good, healthy food. Sue will put relevant information in consumer terms and provide valuable perspective to clear up misinformation and confusion about nutrition and food safety.

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May 27, 2014  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor, MS  |  IN: Healthy Lifestyle, Sugar Substitutes


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