Plan your meals, AND SNACKS around fresh veggies and fruit, grains and legumes, and ample calcium-rich / protein-rich foods.
Start your day with a good breakfast:
-Helps energy levels
-maintains optimum weight
-Even just a small meal with some protein and carbs will be beneficial
Eat meals and snacks every 3 to 4 hours
-snacks should include one fruit or vegetables with one serving from another food group.
– Fruit, or vegetable juice (non-sweetened preferably) can substitute for a fruit or vegetable serving.
Plan your meals using fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains and legumes (beans), along with protein rich food. Try not to have canned fruits packed in syrup, eat oatmeal instead of granola bars, steamed broccoli instead of the packaged broccoli with creamed cheese…
Eat fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season, when they are not in season chose frozen before canned.
You can add Nuts such as: almonds, cashews, peanuts, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, and peanut butter.
Also add seeds such as: pumpkin, sesame, or sunflower seeds.
CALCIUM RICH FOODS
Cooked black-eyed peas
Whole wheat bagel
Whole wheat breads
Whole wheat Pita
Rice, preferably brown
white basmati rice
Whole grain Total cereal Noodles or pasta
Kellog’s, Eggo Homestyle waffles
Cooked cereal: Oatmeal, barley, farina
QUENCHERS: Sparkling water, apple cider, apple juice, apricot nectar, carrot juice, grapefruit, grape, orange, papaya nectar, passion fruit nectar, peach nectar, pineapple juice, prune, tomato juice, V8 juice.
If you eat well, the occasional treat will not be a problem, so long as it is not a substitute for whole nutritious foods.
Drink at least 32 ounces water (by itself), a day.
Dehydration is one of the main factors of early labor in women.
Drink tea instead of drinking coffee (it dehydrates).
You should try to drink these teas, at least two cups a day:
Red Raspberry Leaf / Nettle tea.