A healthy and balanced diet is good for pregnancy as it contributes to the health of the mother and her unborn child. During the first half of the pregnancy the qualitative side of a healthy diet is most important. In the second half the quantity starts to become more important. You should actually have a proper and balanced diet before you conceive. You should start taking folic acid supplements four weeks before you plan to conceive. That way you can enjoy your pregnancy more and give your child the best possible start in life.
Do not eat for two
In the first two months of pregnancy you do not really need any more energy than usual. It is only from the fourth month that your daily energy requirement increases by roughly 200 to 300 calories. You can cover this slightly higher calorie requirement with a small extra snack, e.g. a Birchermuesli or cheese sandwich. This extra portion of milk and cereal also covers your need for more protein.
Your baby eats the same as you
Besides adding protein, more vegetables, salad, fruit and wholegrain products and fats are also good for your diet. It is especially important to increase the amount of vital fatty acids through high-quality oils, e.g. rapeseed and olive oil. They are essential to the development and functioning of your child's nervous system.
Pregnancy changes a lot
The swelling stomach, hormonal change and many other factors affect the wellbeing and digestion of a woman during pregnancy. An Aktifit every day helps digestion and strengthens your immune system. That keeps your bowels working so you feel light and healthy.
Enjoy a problem-free pregnancy
Many women begin pregnancy by feeling bad and being sick. Besides having many small meals you should bear in mind the fat content of your meals and choose easily digistible foods. Avoid strong-tasting and strong-smelling foods and cooking. For morning sickness it helps if you have something small to eat before you get up or if you suck on a lemon slice.
Do not worry about harmful substances or infections transmitted through food
Infections and harmful substances transmitted through food, such as listeria, salmonella, campylobacter or alfatoxins can harm the foetus. But there is no need to worry, a balanced diet and hygienic food preparation will protect you. Avoid raw food, e.g. tartare, carpaccio, raw sausages, unsterilised milk, tiramisu with raw eggs or sushi. Always wash your hands and kitchen utensils thoroughly after use. Boiling, roasting, sterilising or pasteurising gets rid of unwanted germs.
Pasteurised milk products are harmless
You can still enjoy pasteurised or UHT milk and milk products when pregnant. Swiss cheese made from pasteurised milk is also harmless. Emmi produces practically all of its cheese from pasteurised milk. Cheese made from raw milk is labelled as such on the packing.
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