During this time of your pregnancy, you should be having around 300-350 calories per day more than your regular intake. Your diet on a daily basis should include: 2-3 servings of lean protein 3 or more servings of whole grains 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables 4 servings of dairy products
In addition to the above, have foods that have essential fats, take your prenatal vitamins regularly, and limit intake of foods rich in sodium, sugar and fat content. With respect to fluid intake, you need 1.5 fluids daily.
As your baby grows, nutritional requirements also increase. You will feel hungrier and may also have food cravings, which can impact your weight. If your weight was normal before pregnancy, then during the second trimester, you will be gaining 1-2 pounds per week. Whereas if you have been overweight or underweight, it is better to revaluate your diet plan by seeking your doctor’s advise and accordingly make changes in what you eat.
If the weight gain is not healthy, you are at a risk of pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and caesarean delivery. On the other hand, if you are not gaining the right weight and are underweight, consume foods more in calories like foods having healthy fats. However, junk food is not the right option. Also, if you have a rigorous exercise routine or busy schedule, it is time to slow down.
Right nutrition is the key now. Whatever you consume, passes on to your growing baby. Most of your baby’s organ development takes place during the second trimester. Hence, eating right and staying active takes a whole new meaning during pregnancy.
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