*Guest Post* Natural Pregnancy Helpers: Nutrition Tracking Options

During pregnancy, it’s no longer enough to track calories or simply eat, take supplements and hope for the best. Whether you’re an amateur or experienced in selecting and preparing natural foods, you’ll have to worry about getting the right micronutrients, ensuring the proper amount of macronutrients and not losing your appetite in the process.

I was new to diet tracking at the start of my pregnancy, but I was also determined to give my baby a natural start in life with as few worries of health problems as possible. The first task given to me by the nutritionist was to create a food log for a week, so she could spot any potential problems and provide advice on beneficial changes. Even after the initial review, I found it helpful to continue tracking my diet. However, I wanted a faster and less expensive method of analyzing the diary without constantly making appointments.

Electronic Conversion

The simplest solution to the problem is to find a software or mobile application that allows you to enter conventional foods and customize recipes. Some of these products are the same ones used by chain restaurants and nutritionists alike. They generally provide information way beyond what the average woman will find useful, such as cost-per-serving calculation, the ability to print U.S. Nutrition Facts labels and support for tracking hundreds of diet plans at once.

The program you need depends on the desired quality of information and the amount of time you’re willing to spend on the diary. Mobile apps generally include a barcode scanner and access to a database of nutrient profiles for popular foods. It’s worth trying out several before making any purchases, of course. Some include the ability to track exercise, but I already had software for that with my heart rate monitor. An important thing to keep in mind is that no tracker placed value on probiotic foods or antioxidant ratings. 

Back to Basics

A pen-and-paper journal is still a great option provided you spend the time to make entries each day and dedicate a couple of hours each week to analyzing your nutrition profile. You won’t have to worry with excluded nutrients using this option. 

In the end, both methods will help you identify several favorite meals that are nutrient dense. You’ll find yourself getting just enough variety to provide the full range of micro-nutrients without going overboard.

As always, make sure to double-check with your doctor before making any drastic pregnancy changes. I was fortunate enough to have a doctor I could confide in and helped me with everything- from swaddling to cord blood banking. Being healthy and living naturally can enhance your pregnancy from start to baby, and even after birth!

Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26.

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