Britney, be careful! Being pregnant is serious stuff. Like, seriously. So as you slowly lose sight of your toes, we have some serious advice to help carry you through your own Labor Day. We’re sure you’ve already eliminated the cigarettes-and-champagne component of your daily diet, right? Right? But there are other things you have to do too. Because along with not wanting to endanger your baby’s health, you also don’t want to embarrass your baby, either. Now, read on.
Tip #1: Eating For Two Just Isn’t True
We have a feeling you’re not going to like this, but being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to start eating for two. The National Academy of Sciences recommends that you treat it like you’re eating for 1.2. In other words, you really only need to consume an extra 300 to 350 calories a day. Sorry, that’s a tough one, we know.
Tip #2: Just Say No To Cheetos
Brit, you’ve gotta junk the junk food — too much salt can lead to higher blood pressure and fluid retention. Normally, OB/GYNs don’t tell their patients to start restricting salt, because that can lead to leg cramps, but you have so much salt in your diet, you may want to double-check just how much you’re ingesting. If you weren’t pregnant, you should get about 1,100 to 3,300 milligrams a day, while the sodium intake usually recommended in pregnancy is 2,000 to 8,000 milligrams a day. Meanwhile, Cheetos have 350 milligrams of sodium per serving — and that’s 11 servings to a bag. Do the math. You do need salt to maintain a balance of fluid, but cool it with the Cheetos, stay away from the Slim Jims, and spend more time at your dad’s smoothie shop. Remember, fruit is your friend. Again, sorry.
Tip #3: Soy’s No Joy For Your Baby Boy
Stay away from soy! We know we said to eat healthy, but soy is a phytoestrogen, which acts like a weak form of the female hormone estrogen. Great for menopause, bad for baby, according to the British Journal of Urology, which published a controversial study about how baby boys born to vegetarian mothers were five times more likely to suffer from a malformation of the *****. And while the jury’s still out on that, better to be safe than sorry, right, Brit?
Be sure to check back next week and every week as we add to our list of baby tips for Britney and expectant mothers everywhere. But remember, the best advice for you is the advice you get from your doctor.