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Pregnancy is probably the time in a woman's life in which she is most aware of both her body and her health. Unfortunately, during the first trimester of pregnancy it is sometimes complicated since the body itself seems to be revealing in the face of this desire to stay healthy, especially at the level of nutrition.
Up to 50% of women may suffer nausea and vomiting, which can be serious at times, especially in situations of stress, fatigue or anxiety. These symptoms are also usually more pronounced in multiple pregnancies. Also, cravings are usually more relevant in this trimester.
Although the specific reason is unknown, it seems that high concentrations of chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone produced by women during the first weeks of pregnancy, could be related to the onset of nausea. When its production is regulated, and when the placenta begins to function at full capacity, entering the second trimester, the nausea usually disappears.
The diet during the first trimester is governed, therefore, by the physical state of the future motherSince when nausea is extreme, few recommendations are feasible. Although there are foods that can help alleviate this unpleasant sensation, not all of them work for all women, and unfortunately, there is none that will ensure the definitive disappearance of nausea. But what can we eat in the first months?
- In general, the most advisable thing during this trimester, and in general throughout the pregnancy, is eat small meals every so oftenrather than leaving an empty stomach, as this increases the feeling of nausea. In addition, an excessively full stomach can also trigger symptoms of heartburn and gas, something that is also not desirable.
- It is also highly recommended resort to slow-absorbing carbohydrates (rice, pasta, potatoes ...) since they are not only easily assimilated, but also provide energy in a gradual and controlled way. In addition, these foods, especially if they are whole, provide vitamin B6, which has also been linked to a control of the feeling of nausea. Also rich in vitamin B6 are meat, fish and chicken, nuts, and fruits such as bananas or avocados.
- Nuts are also highly recommended in the diet of women in the first trimester of pregnancy due to its content of essential fatty acids, necessary for the development of the fetus. Additionally, its energy content, in addition to its valuable micronutrient content, ensure an optimal intake of calories, vitamins and minerals.
However, this trimester is usually the most difficult when it comes to maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, so it is not advisable to become overly obsessed with food. The second and third trimesters will allow us to take care of the diet and ensure a good supply of essential micronutrients for our baby.
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