As your due date approaches, you'll want to load up on fluids and switch to a high-carbohydrate diet. To understand...
As your due date approaches, you'll want to load up on fluids and switch to a high-carbohydrate diet. To understand why a high-carb diet is helpful toward the end of your pregnancy you have to understand some basic body science:
- Our muscles use glucose for energy. It's more complex than this, but in general, all you need to know is that glucose = energy.
- Glucose is made from glycogen and we can get glycogen by eating large amounts of starchy foods.
- If we have plenty of glucose, out muscles can work more efficiently - which comes in handy during uterine contractions during labor and can even help ward off back pain.
- Research shows that proper carbo-loading means that about 60% of your calories should come from carbohydrates.
- Foods to eat include: pasta, corn, potatoes, bread, rice, waffles, pancakes, and fruits. To see a full carbohydrate food list visit Carbohydrates in Foods.
- You should still make sure to eat fresh vegetables and drink plenty of water.