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What To Eat When Pregnant To Have Fare Baby
Healthy, balanced: A healthy, balanced diet is recommended. You do not need to "eat for two", increasing your calorie intake by 200 cal per day may be enough to support growth and development. Avoid excess caffeine, seafood (risk of mercury exposure), and eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Make sure fruits and vegetables are well washed. Make sure that the food is prepared fresh. ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Baby swallows food: Around 6 months of age, one can try giving the baby some baby cereal (prepared with water or formula). If the baby is able to move the cereal around in his mouth, and swallow most of it, they he is ready for solid baby foods. If the baby seems to keep sticking his tongue forward and push the cereal out, then he should keep practicing off and on for a few more weeks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Healthy diet: A pregnant woman should follow a healthful balanced diet. It is sometimes difficult to find time to make all the foods that are recommended. However, a visit to a nutritionist or a site recommended by an OB provider can make it easier to plan ahead and buy and prepare healthy foods. There are prenatal care guides that obs follow for determining the correct number of calories. ...Read more
Pregnancy diet/food: In terms of diet, eating a healthy diet is important. There are no specific limitations though one should be careful about mercury if consuming lots of fish. Be sure to take a prenatal vitamin with appropriate folic acid & iodine supplementation especially in iodine deficient areas. Obtain and f/u on proper prenatal care. Screen for infections, HTN, & diabetes as per your doctor ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My wife is pregnant. She's been nauseous when smelling certain foods and eating to the point she doesn't want it. What can she eat to avoid this?
Medicine: Nausea, vomiting, food aversion and a heightened sense of smell are almost universal symptoms of early pregnancy. Fortunately there are several medications that can help. Diclegis, zofran, Reglan and Phenergan (promethazine) are commonly used and can be prescribed by her doctor. ...Read more
Well balanced diet: A well balanced diet is recommended in pregnancy with all food groups represented. Typical weight gain in pregnancy for a average weight woman is 20-30 lbs for the pregnancy. There are many websites which have further guidance on specifics of well balanced diet in pregnancy. ...Read more
How to explain you eat healthy during pregnancy without offending people? People get mad if I say no to food that I don't think will help my baby.
Delay until 6mo: Solid foods were once used to make up for deficiencies in home made milk formula used in the 50's to 80's.A return to breast FDG & modern formulas changed the value of solids from nutrition, to a pathway to teach baby to eat & transition to table foods.Waiting until 6m allows baby to sit & participate in a feeding, much as the will when older.Start with a few tablespoons as a paste. ...Read more
Your baby knows best: Most babies know better than we do what their bodies need to grow. As long as you burp her frequently during the feeding, she will eat the right amount. Don't get hung up on averages published in books/websites. I have seen growing newborns who only wanted 1 1/2 ounces and others who needed 8. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son has autism. He is not a picky eater however he will not sit to eat. Sometimes I have to feed him to get him to eat. What can I do about this?
Behavioral therpay: A little compromise, reward mechanism and positive feedback helps. For example, if the autistic child likes a certain activity or desert, one can use those as a positive reinforcement tool. A reward mechanism is created where the child knows he or she will get rewarded after the meal is completed. One on one consultation with a behavior therapist can provide many tools. You are a good mom. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A balanced diet: Back in early elementary school most of the students were taught the essentials of a balanced diet in a "nutrition" class. This included intake from the four basic food groups, fruits and vegetables, dairy, meats, grain(bread, cereals, etc.) The serving doses have now been weighted to fruits & vegetables as most important. Your developing fetus benefits from the above, and minimize fast foods. ...Read more
Junk Food: Junk food produces "more junk in her trunk", but does not help the fetus grow like fruits and vegetables. Sodas, candies, chips, etc. Should not be on the "cafeteria line" for the fetus to consume. ...Read more
Time ; Attention: Intelligence is the result of parental time and attention from birth on. Eating a well rounded diet avoiding processed foods and meats. Regular prenatal vitamin with dha is considered good practice. No artificial sweeteners. Some say exposure to calming music while in the womb stimulates neuronal development. Then teach teach teach....They are a blank chalk board and a sponge for learning. ...Read more
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