Craving for Foods during pregnancy can be harmful to both the mother and the unborn child, according to a dietician.
According to Ama Hienne Amoako, the dietician at the International Maritime Hospital (IMaH), cravings for foods during pregnancy can be controlled without harming the mother or the unborn child.
While she acknowledged that good diet was crucial during pregnancy, she also warned that unchecked cravings may lead to bizarre concoctions that might be harmful to both the pregnant woman and the unborn child.
Ama Amoako recommended practicing portion control, especially with items desired as snacks, and claimed that seeking harmful meals was insufficient.
The dietician from IMaH spoke at the weekly event “Your Health! Our Collective Responsibility,” which was organized by the Tema Regional Office of the Ghana News Agency and aimed to improve health literacy while fostering communication on health-related topics.
To prevent gaining too much weight during pregnancy, Ms. Amoako said it was crucial to understand why people were eating at any given time. “Know whether you’re eating to satisfy hunger or to feel happy.”
She advised keeping track of what they consume throughout the day in order to detect any unnecessary food consumed as a means of reducing cravings.
The IMaH Dietician claimed that the track record helped in the diagnosis of unhealthy diets and the identification of healthy alternatives to replace the unfavorable ones ingested to acquire the right balance of energy needed for life.
Another method, according to her, is to arrange meals throughout the day, which, if strictly followed, can help you lose extra weight.
She emphasized the significance of having wholesome food on hand and gave advice.
In order to improve their health during the pregnancy journey, Ms. Amoako stated it was essential to establish a meal plan that included the four-star diets, which may or may not be a professional one.