Nutrition · Pregnancy

Pregnant? Tips to eating your best during the holiday season.

Above view of a family eating together on a wooden table

Holidays are a time where we may go out for a special meal or celebration. How do we ensure we don’t overindulge during this time?

Tips to prevent unwanted discomforts from happening

  • Eat at regular mealtimes and snack times.
    Before heading out to your gathering, eat at your regular meal and snack times. Don’t skip a meal in order to save room for more food later on.  Eating too much food can lead to indigestion and heartburn. Take your time to enjoy your food and listen to your hunger cues – eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full.
  • Watch the portions!
    For mealtimes, choose a variety of healthful foods by following the plate method: Fill half your plate with vegetables, ¼ with whole grains or starchy foods and ¼ with meat or meat alternative. For sweet or fried treats, enjoy a smaller piece.
  • Choose whole grain products throughout the day.
    Foods with fibre can help you feel full and satisfied. Include a side of vegetables, fruit or beans to your meal.
  • Watch out for those sugary drinks!
    Having too many sweetened drinks can replace more nutritious foods or fluids that can benefit you and your baby. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help with digestion, and to help control body temperature. Want to spice water up?  Try these fancy flavourful water recipes!
  • Keep your body moving.
    This will help many things including preventing prenatal discomforts like back pain, constipation and bloating; improve your mood and energy levels, as well as help manage your weight. Remember to always check with your healthcare provider before starting any new activity.
  • Lastly, stay safe.
    You are at greater risk of getting food poisoning during pregnancy.  Avoid foods such as: raw or smoked seafood, non-dried deli meats, soft cheeses, raw eggs and alcohol-containing drinks. Here’s a list of some safer food options. Food can also be contaminated at any point in time from when food is purchased, handled, stored or cooked.

Practice safe food handling to prevent you and your unborn baby from getting sick.

Here’s to eating healthy and a happy holiday season!

For more tips, please connect with a health professional via eChat or call (416) 338-7600.

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