Try to plan on your diet on the basis of the needs of a pregnant body. If there is a tendency of excessive weight gain – control the amount of calories eaten, but do keep on a diet, it is desirable to reduce only the amount of fat and carbohydrates.
Also, do not overeat, eat often, 5-6 times a day, but in small portions. Avoid sweet muffins, fried meat and potatoes, hot sauces and pickles, do not drink plenty of strong tea, coffee, soda water. Alcohol should be completely excluded.
Of course, if the body demands something forbidden from time to time – do not refuse it, perhaps, the future baby does not have enough amount of a particular element. However, in general the expectant mother should eat healthy food only. Her menu must contain a sufficient amount of fruits and vegetables, dairy products. Keep in mind that animal proteins are staying in the organism a little bit longer and have a stimulating effect on the nervous system. Therefore, it is better to eat meat and fish in the morning.
At the 17th week of pregnancy, you need to include the olive oil in your diet. It contains omega-9 that will prevent the deposition of cholesterol in the walls of blood vessels. If the expectant mother has no problems with the intestinal peristalsis, flatulence and defecation, her menu should include beans. The composition of the beans is up to 30% of vegetable protein, and according to this indicator, it may compete with meat and fish. Also, the bean has a lot of valuable macroelements such as: potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper.