Your baby needs more and more nutrients to develop in this final stage. As a consequence, you’ll feel hungrier, despite the pressure placed on your stomach. The anxiety over the proximity of the birth date contributes to your immense hunger.
Ideally, so as not to pack on a few more pounds and risk suffering from preeclampsia (an increase in arterial pressure) – one of the many consequences of gestational diabetes.
A good idea is to break down your meals, eating multiple times a day in smaller quantities. Below are a few tips for you to maintain a balanced and healthy diet.
- Iron present in red meat, poultry, and fish is just as necessary for the mother as it is for the baby. Combine it with drinks that contain vitamin C, such as orange juice or lemonade, which can help your organism absorb the mineral.
- Increase the fiber in your diet, along with drinking more water. These two steps can help prevent constipation and the feared hemorrhoids, very common among many pregnant women towards the end of their pregnancies. Just make sure not to drink too much liquid before bed, or else you’ll be up all night peeing.
- Opt for foods high in calcium (milk and their derivatives, soy, tofu, egg yolks, and whole grains) and vitamin D (butter, eggs, and liver), necessary for the baby’s bone formation.
- Non-refined carbohydrates, such as rice, grains, pasta, and whole wheat bread, can provide you with just the right amount of energy.
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- Reduce the number of foods that make you gassy, such as beans, sweet potatoes, and cabbage, which can make you more bloated, like sodas.
- Chocolate – only in moderation; It is very caloric and fatty.
- Refined sugar is never nutritious and won’t do you or your baby any good.
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