Week 14: Time to think about how nutritious your diet is. Are you getting enough fresh food?

BirthWatch Tips
  • Women's bodies are perfectly designed to nourish and nurture their babies through pregnancy. -- The Lamaze Approach to Pregnancy. Lamaze International
  • Are you getting enough essential fatty acids? Omega 3s reduce your chances of preeclampsia and preterm labor. Get 250mg of Omega 3s every day from supplements or wild salmon, walnuts, flax seeds and dark green leafy vegetables like kale and mustard greens. The Mayo Clinic
  • Nutrition is key right now. The more nutritious your food, the better you'll feel and the healthier you and your baby will be. The Mayo Clinic
  • You may begin to feel better with less nausea and more energy in your second trimester. Now is the perfect time to think about new physical activities that will help keep you in shape all through your pregnancy as well as condition your body for birth. Think yoga, swimming, and walking. The Mayo Clinic
  • Try not to worry about gaining too much weight. Focus your energy on making the healthiest food choices possible and eat with conscious clarity (no mindless eating at your desk or in front of the television) and you'll gain the right amount of weight for healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. The Mayo Clinic
  • Fresh nuts, seeds, canola oil, flax seed oil, avocados, salmon, sardines and fortified eggs are great sources of Omega 3 essential fatty acids. Aim for 250 mg per day to control blood pressure, feel great and help build cell membranes for both you and your baby. The Mayo Clinic
  • Your uterus is now over the top of Your pelvis and Your tummy may be pushing out a bit. Visible Human Embryo

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