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Question

How much weight should I gain in pregnancy?

Answer

Gaining weight in pregnancy is a natural part of the program.

It is a sign that your body is preparing a healthy support system for the nourishment, protection and growth of your baby. However many women are concerned about gaining too much or too little.

Weight gain in pregnancy is also affected by the factor’s of your height, weight, age and body composition before pregnancy. The average weight gain for most women is 10-16kg (20-35lbs).

By using the Body Mass Index (BMI) scale you can calculate a more specific guideline.

Refer to Weight Gain in pregnancy for more details 


Question

Why is taking folic acid in early pregnancy reccomendednd, how much folic acid and what foods naturally contain it?

 

Answer

The UK's Department of Health reccomends that women who are planning to become pregnant or who may be pregnant should have a daily 400 micrograms of folic acid supplement for at least 3 months prior to conceiving, and continue to take it for at least the first 3 months of pregnancy.

Folic acid plays a vital role in the production and function of blood cells and enables our body to absorb iron.

It is also important for the unborn baby's developing spinal cord and nervous system, and most importantly, aids the prevention of neural tube defects such as spina bifida. Taking supplements in the first 12 weeks are the most critical, as after this the baby's neural tube development will be mainly complete and passed the most vulnerable time.

Folic acid occurs naturally in many foods. Good sources include green leafy vegetables (cabbage, spring greens, spinach, broccoli, asparagus), also wheatgerm and cereals. also orange coloured sorces such as mangos, papaya, pumpkin and peaches contain good levels of folate. The fresher the food the better as folate levels tend to reduce with exposure and cooking.

It can be quite difficult to acheive the reccomended 400 micrograms per day by diet alone, so taking a calculated supplement is advised.


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Question

Do I need to eat for two during pregnancy?

 

Answer

Sorry to burst this bubble but unfortunately this is a myth!

It is recommended that you eat an extra 200-250 per day only from the beginning of your third trimester (about 26 weeks), and not the entire pregnancy. Take a look at the BloomingFit menu ideas to guide you to make healthy and nutritious choices.


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Question

At work I'm always dashing around and don't have a regular lunch break so I end up eating biscuits or chocolate which I know isn't great. But now I'm pregnant I feel I have no energy and want to be more healthy so can you reccomend any product?

 

Answer

In pregnancy your blood sugars rise and fall in a more extreme manner so it's essential to keep them stable.

Chocolate and any sugary food will just send your blood sugar levels sky high, then they crash and you feel exhausted.

Your body need masses of nutrients and minerals now but I appreciate it can be hard whilst being a busy working woman.

A good quality cold pressed juice drink or some fresh fruit combined with a handful of nuts are great natural products which are easily to hand.

The 'Naked' range of bars are also one of the best and most natural of the 'bar' type products on the market.