A Balanced Diet

I have read that if you keep a fairly balanced diet, your baby is getting everything it needs to grow and be healthy. What they don’t necessarily mention is that the baby is doing it very selfishly–taking everything it needs and potentially leaving you with nothing. Now, I have done my part in being a nurturing mother by ensuring I don’t have doughnuts for breakfast, McDonald’s for lunch and a cold beer for dinner, yet I’m told that while I’m a relatively good food citizen, it’s still not good enough. Supplements, supplements, supplements! The recommended 400 micrograms of folic acid for a woman thinking about having a baby one day is now doubled to 800 micrograms. This is so you can do your part to prevent many birth defects. My obgyn recommends an additional 200-400, so in addition to the prenatal vitamin I faithfully take, I should take another supplement. Don’t want your kid to be the dumbest one in class? It’s all in your hands and you better take fish oil supplements. I had the unfortunate timing to burp shortly after taking one earlier this week–I probably don’t need to tell you what the effects were. There’s a recommended minimum iron intake for all the blood you create to support a new life, otherwise you become anemic. And then you’ve got to replenish the calcium your baby is using up to make his bones healthy and strong (in addition to what you should be taking in for yourself) but beware of taking your iron and calcium together! They actually work against each other. Oh, and if you do get all the iron you should be getting, you better be drinking lots of water as iron can wreak havoc along the digestive highway. I’m sure there is a Venn diagram to help me figure out what should be taken with what and when. I gotta say though, with the supplements I’m taking in addition to a good diet, those doughnuts are looking mighty good! Besides, I’ll need something to keep me happy when the sage pregnancy advice starts rolling in from the peanut gallery…

2 thoughts on “A Balanced Diet

  1. Eff them all! These are 9 months where it’s okay to be fat. So, go eat those doughnuts and McD’s fries! At least that’s how I saw it. Although, when Malina turns out to be the dumbest in her class, I’ll be taking this back.

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