Quality comes before quantity. It’s very important to pay attention to your diet’s quality before and during pregnancy since the things you eat are directly linked to your body and to your baby’s development. Your baby grows with the nutrients that your body gives {him/her}, and forms an immune system that will help {him/her} thrive. When you’re pregnant, you shouldn’t drastically change the number of calories you ingest, but instead, make sure to eat higher quality foods.

According to the Health Department in Harvard, a healthy diet during gestation should focus on fruits, veggies, whole grains, and cereals. Keep eating lactose and proteins, but be mindful of the portions, like you would do on a normal diet. Fats and sugar, on the other hand, should be limited and preferably acquired through cereals, fruits, and healthy fats like avocado, nuts, and almonds.

It’s also important to note that the number of calories you eat should be modified only until after your first trimester. During the second and third trimester, you only need to eat 300 extra calories a day, which is the equivalent of a glass of milk, two slices of bread, or a handful of almonds. During your third trimester, you may start to feel hungrier. As your baby grows {he/she} demands more nutrition and your body will need more sustenance to satisfy both of you.

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