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What to eat? Why am I so hungry?

Usually I'm not hungry much..but now that I'm pregnant, I'm hungrier than usual and I don't know what to eat! My mom gave me some tips... but I also want to know what else to eat and not eat! I've been looking at houses in the country side perfect for my coming baby. When we drove we couldn't find anywhere to eat lunch, all we saw was fast food. So we stopped there and ate! I know bad choice! Help please!

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Asked by HaylieHere at 5:02 AM on Mar. 12, 2011 in Pregnancy

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  • I will make a list for you including pregnancy super foods! =)

    Why: Chickpeas, lentils, black beans, and soybeans supply fiber, protein, iron, folate, calcium, and zinc.
    Why: Lean cuts of beef, such as top sirloin steak, pack protein, vitamins B6, B12, and niacin as well as zinc and iron in highly absorbable forms. Beef is also concentrated in choline, required for brain development and peak cognitive powers.
    Why: They're packed with carbohydrates, vitamin C, potassium, folate, fiber, and fluid. The phytonutrients in berries are naturally occurring beneficial plant compounds that protect cells from damage.
    Why: For the folate, fiber, calcium, lutein, zeaxanthin, carotenoids to foster healthy vision, and potassium for fluid balance and normal blood pressure. Broccoli also contains the raw materials for vitamin A production in the body.

    Answer by Razelda at 5:11 AM on Mar. 12, 2011

  • Cheese (pasteurized)
    Why: Cheese supplies concentrated amounts of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium for your bones and your baby's, plus vitamin B12 and protein (use reduced-fat varieties, such as Cabot 50% Light Cheddar to save on calories, fat, and cholesterol).
    Why: Eggs supply the gold-standard of protein because they provide all of the amino acids you and your baby need to thrive. They also include more than a dozen vitamins and minerals, such as choline, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Certain brands supply the omega-3 fats baby needs for brain development and peak vision, so check the label.
    Why: It's an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D -- bone-building nutrients mother and child require every day. Milk also packs protein, vitamin A, and B vitamins.

    Answer by Razelda at 5:12 AM on Mar. 12, 2011

  • Orange juice (fortified)
    Why: Orange juice with added calcium and vitamin D contains the same levels of these nutrients as milk. Plus, orange juice supplies hefty doses of vitamin C, potassium, and folate.
    Pork tenderloin
    Why: Pork tenderloin is as lean as boneless, skinless chicken breast, and it serves up the B vitamins thiamin and niacin, vitamin B6, zinc, iron, and choline.
    Why: For the protein, B vitamins, and the omega-3 fats that promote brain development and vision in babies.
    Sweet Potato
    Why: Sweet potatoes pack vitamin C, folate, fiber, and carotenoids -- compounds your body converts to vitamin A. They also supply potassium in large amounts.
    Whole Grains
    Why: Enriched whole grains are fortified with folic acid and other B vitamins, iron, and zinc. Whole grains contain more fiber and trace nutrients than processed grains, such as white bread, white rice, and white flour.

    Answer by Razelda at 5:14 AM on Mar. 12, 2011

  • Last but not least :

    Yogurt (plain low-fat or fat free)
    Why: For the protein, calcium, B vitamins, and zinc. Plain yogurt contains more calcium than milk.

    You should avoid :

    Deli meat, fish with mercury (A sample of these types of fish include: shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish. Canned, chunk light tuna generally has a lower amount of mercury than other tuna, but still should only be eaten in moderation).

    Refrigerated, smoked seafood often labeled as lox, nova style, kippered, or jerky should be avoided because it could be contaminated with Listeria.

    Avoid fish from contaminated lakes and rivers that may be exposed to high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls. This is primarily for those who fish in local lakes and streams. These fish include: bluefish, striped bass, salmon, pike, trout, and walleye.

    Answer by Razelda at 5:16 AM on Mar. 12, 2011

  • Cont'd :

    You should avoid :

    The majority of seafood-borne illness is caused by undercooked shellfish, which include oysters, clams, and mussels.

    Raw eggs or any foods that contain raw eggs should be avoided because of the potential exposure to salmonella. Some homemade Caesar dressings, mayonnaise, homemade ice cream or custards, and Hollandaise sauces may be made with raw eggs.

    Imported soft cheeses may contain bacteria called Listeria, which can cause miscarriage.

    Unpasteurized milk may contain bacteria called listeria, which can cause miscarriage. Listeria has the ability to cross the placenta and may infect the baby leading to infection or blood poisoning, which can be life-threatening. Make sure that any milk you drink is pasteurized.

    Refrigerated pate or meat spreads should be avoided because they may contain the bacteria listeria. Canned pate, or shelf-safe meat spreads can be eaten.

    Answer by Razelda at 5:18 AM on Mar. 12, 2011

  • Cont'd :

    You should avoid :

    Although most studies show that caffeine intake in moderation is OK, there are others that show that caffeine intake may be related to miscarriages. Avoid caffeine during the first trimester to reduce the likelihood of a miscarriage. As a general rule, caffeine should be limited to fewer than 300 mg per day during pregnancy. Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it helps eliminate fluids from the body. This can result in water and calcium loss. Some research shows that large amounts of caffeine are associated with miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight, and withdrawal symptoms in infants.

    There is NO amount of alcohol that is known to be safe during pregnancy, and therefore alcohol should be avoided during pregnancy.

    Yes, vegetables are safe to eat, so you still need to eat them. However, it is essential to make sure they are washed to avoid potential exposure to toxoplasmosis.

    Answer by Razelda at 5:20 AM on Mar. 12, 2011

  • Razelda answered it all and did a wonderful job.

    Answer by jenn4443 at 6:49 AM on Mar. 12, 2011

  • Thanks =)

    Answer by Razelda at 3:44 PM on Mar. 12, 2011

  • just eat healthy, you will soon have cravings for things you want. Someone told me before that just because you are pregnant you should not eat for two you shold eat at least 8 small meals a day. I dont know how true it is because i eat what i want to.LOL

    Answer by BUTTERFLY463 at 8:56 PM on Mar. 12, 2011

  • It's actually 6 small meals a day. Not 8.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:12 PM on Mar. 12, 2011

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