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Erin Palinski, RD, CDE, LDN You are what you eat. Your baby is too.
You are what you eat, but when you are pregnant your baby is eating what you are eating as well. Making healthy food choices and limiting processed foods with excessive sodium, fat, and additives can give your baby an advantage before he is even born. Remember, what you do during pregnancy only effects nine months of your life, but it can impact the rest of your baby’s life!
Relaxing with a glass of water, instead of a Cherry Pepsi, and snacking on an apple, instead of ice cream, are diet choices that expectant mom Renee Himberger gladly makes for the sake of her baby.
They’re also representative of what health-care professionals recommend for pregnant women and any woman of child-bearing age.
“I try to be as healthy as I can for my baby,” Himberger said. “As soon as you know you’re pregnant you’re a lot more conscious of what you put in your body. Your baby is eating what you’re eating.”
Himberger, 28 of Gretna, is 34 weeks pregnant with her second child. She and her husband, Tom, are also the parents of a daughter, Penny, 23 months old.
Himberger said she and her husband decided to eat as “clean” as possible when they were trying to conceive a baby. They limited processed foods and sweets in their meals and focused on healthy basics such as fruits, vegetables, whole-grain carbohydrates, lean protein and dairy products. Himberger conquered her craving for sweets, especially a daily craving for ice cream, by substituting fruit.
“My consumption of Honey Crisp Apples is definitely on the high end,” she said in mid-March when she was 31 weeks into her pregnancy. “Now I have ice cream once or twice a week. You can’t completely deprive yourself.”
Himberger curtailed her craving for Cherry Pepsi to get caffeine out of her diet. Instead of having one soda a day, as she did before she was pregnant, she has a soda once or twice a week.
A balanced diet plays a key role in a healthy pregnancy and it should begin before you get pregnant, according to Omaha physician Rebecca Jacobi, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center.
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