Your baby is going to be here soon and is developing fast to ensure survival in the outside world. Your body is also preparing itself for breastfeeding. As well as your babies kidneys, lungs, and brain growing at a fast pace, so is babies body. You baby typically gains about a half pound a week. Usually you the mom gains about a pound a week as well. So make sure you and your baby are getting the proper nutrition, both of you need to ensure healthy development. Here are some tips on eating well for you and your baby.
During the third trimester you should try to add about 300 extra calories to what you are already eating. Never try to diet or watch what you are eating when you are pregnant. Watch what you eat, don't eat McDonald's 2 times a day, but eat healthy and eat when your hungry. Your body will tell you when you have had enough to eat.
During pregnancy you also need a lot of protein to help ensure proper development of both breast milk production as well as your healthy baby. The food pyramid says that you need 5 to 7 serving of meat a day and about 3 cups of milk to meet your protein requirements. You should definitely eat meat, poultry, eggs, fish and dairy while pregnant. Watch your fish intake though, fish can be high in mercury and can be harmful to the fetus. If eating fish, stay away from fish such as swordfish and King Mackerel. you can consume 12 ounces of cod, salmon, and light tuna a week. Of course consult your doctor before eating fish.
You also need iron and folic acid your need for these vitamins increase by 50% when pregnant. Along with taking your prenatal vitamins you can eat foods such as high fiber cereals and foods rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron. Eat a lot of grains, meats, poultry, beans, and dark green vegetables. These contain both iron and folic acid.
Drink a lot of fluids as well. Drink at least 8 to 10 8 ounce glasses of water or milk a day. You digest things slower so you can get constipated so make sure to drink plenty of fluids.
Eat when your hungry, let your body tell you how much you need to eat. Don't wait until you are starving to eat then you will eat large amounts of unhealthy food. Eat when feeling hungry that way you can choose healthy foods instead of junk food. Healthy choices during the last trimester is healthy for you and your baby, so be conscious of what you are eating and enjoy eating anything you want, because odds are you will have to diet and watch your calories the rest of your life.