You're in the ninth month of your pregnancy, and the wait to see your baby is almost over. Nutrition throughout pregnancy should always be a main consideration in order to have a healthy child. As your baby matures and grows inside you, your body becomes more stressed, so consume a variety of nutrient-dense foods as you continue to gain weight till delivery day.
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Additional Caloric Needs
Starting in the fourth month of your pregnancy and continuing till delivery, you need an additional 300 calories per day. You can expect to gain 3 to 4 pounds during your ninth month of pregnancy. The amount of total weight you should gain during your pregnancy depends on your weight before pregnancy and your height. Since your baby's growing more rapidly, you may notice that you fill up more quickly when eating. Instead of consuming three large meals, eat smaller, more frequent meals. Try to have something every two to four hours.
Adequate iron intake during pregnancy is vital for the health of mom and baby. During pregnancy, your blood volume increases, resulting in an increased plasma volume level that can cause red blood cells to become diluted. Red blood cells are important for delivering oxygen to mom and baby. Iron makes new red blood cells, and if you don't get enough of it during pregnancy, you can become anemic. Most people can obtain adequate amounts of iron from their diet by consuming meats, beans, dried fruit, leafy green vegetables, fortified cereals and eggs. If your doctor sees that you need additional iron, he'll prescribe you an iron supplement.
In addition to iron, calcium's another key nutrient during the ninth month of pregnancy. Starting in the eighth month and continuing into the ninth month, your baby's bones are forming. Milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, leafy green vegetables, broccoli, oranges, raisins, fortified grains, tofu, canned salmon with bones, almonds, beans and eggs all are excellent sources of calcium. While you can obtain calcium through your diet, you can also get it from prenatal supplements.
Healthy Diet Considerations
As you decide what foods to eat during your ninth month of pregnancy, continue to consider what nutrients are available for you and your baby. Opt for nutrient-dense foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy. If your doctor's advised you to gain weight more slowly, take a look at your diet. Try cutting back if you've been eating foods high in fat and sugar, such as soda, desserts, fried foods, candy and cheese. Remember, your baby depends on you for nutrients, and good nutrition's important for your baby's health.
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- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Eating Right During Pregnancy
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- Cleveland Clinic: Increasing Calcium in Your Diet During Pregnancy
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- Nutrition and Diagnosis-Related Care; Sylvia Escott-Stump