|What better time to look at your diet |
and make changes than before pregnancyThe time to start eating healthy foods is before you become pregnant.
Most people know how important good nutrition is during pregnancy, but the months leading up to pregnancy are equally important. Usually by the time a woman knows she is pregnant her baby's organs are already developing. If a birth defect is going to occur it will happen during the first few weeks of pregnancy. Don't forget to help Dad get healthy, too! To improve your chances of getting pregnant, it's important for your partner to take care of himself, eat right, exercise and stop smoking, drinking or taking illegal drugs.
|The Food Guide Pyramid
|Recommended Daily Servings:|
see table below
|1 - Fats, Oils & Sugar: |
|2 - Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans,
Eggs & Nuts:
|3 - Milk, Yogurt & Cheese: |
|4 - Fruit:
|5 - Vegetable:|
|6 - Bread, Cereal, Rice & Pasta:|
|Table for Pyramid above|
|1.||Fats, Oils & Sugar: Use Sparingly|
|2.||Two servings a day: A serving = 2-3 ounces of cooked lean meat, poultry or fish; 1/2 cup of cooked dry beans, 1 egg, or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter count as 1 ounce of lean meat.|
|3.||Three servings a day: A serving = 1 cup of milk or yogurt; 1-1/2 ounces of natural cheese; |
2 ounces of processed cheese.
|4.||Four servings a day: A serving = 1 medium apple, banana, orange; 1/2 cup of chopped, cooked, or canned fruit; a glass of fruit juice.|
|5.||Five servings a day: A serving = 1 cup of raw, leafy vegetables; 1/2 cup of other vegetables, cooked or chopped raw; 3/4 cup of vegetable juice.|
|6.||Six + servings a day: A serving = 1 slice of bread; 1 ounce of ready-to-eat cereal; |
1/2 cup of cooked cereal, rice or pasta.
The idea of the Pyramid is to eat more of the foods on the bottom (grains, vegetables & fruits) and less of those toward the top (meats, dairy products, fats, oils & sweets).