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Some doctors continue to prescribe a low-calorie, low-salt diet for women, particularly those starting out their pregnancy overweight. This can be very dangerous to both the mother and baby.
The World Health Organization reports that there are 75,000 deaths per year worldwide from this disease. MTLP would be totally preventable, but people don't believe the missing link in its treatment is adequate nutrition. If a health care provider doesn't know it himself, and if he doesn't believe it, he can't teach it.
It isn't always easy to eat well during pregnancy. With the hectic schedules many families have today it may seem very hard to take the time to eat right. But, it pays to remember that what you eat affects your baby's health for life.
What Makes up a Good, Nutritious, Balanced Daily Diet During Pregnancy?
- 4 exchanges of milk (1 cup each): whole milk, low fat, skim, buttermilk. If using soy milk, 1.5 cups per serving. One serving of cheese is approximately 1.25 ounces.
- 2 calcium replacements for each serving of unfortified soy: almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds brazil nuts, broccoli, molasses, wheat germ*
- 2 eggs
- 6 exchanges of fish, liver, chicken, lean beef, lamb or pork, any kind of cheese. Beans, grains, nuts and seeds and vegetables may also be included in this area, but do not count an item twice. (Average exchange is 1 ounce meat or hard cheese, 1/4 cup of tuna or soft cheese, 1 cup of milk, 1 egg, 1/2 cup beans or grains, 2 to 3 ounces of nuts, and about 5 ounces of most vegetables.)