Beware of gaining too much/not gaining enough weight!
Gaining too much weight during a pregnancy will make you susceptible to pregnancy induced hypertension. However, recent trends have been seeing mothers-to-be that are too slim. It is said that not gaining enough weight will result in not only a smaller infant but also makes you susceptible to lifestyle related diseases. In any case, weight control during gestation is very important.
How much weight gain is normal during pregnancy?
The weight a pregnant woman gains until birth mostly consists of the weight of the infant (fetus), placenta, amniotic fluid and blood. A newborn's average weight is approximately 3 kilograms. It is said that a mother-to-be's body stores up necessary nutrients for birth and breastfeeding during pregnancy as well. In recent time, weight gain calculated according to each individual's pre-pregnancy weight seems to be the most ideal.
Folic Acid Recipe
Ingredients (serve 2)
- 2 slices of white bread (8 sliced)
- 2 eggs
- 200ml of milk
- 2 tbs mayonnaise
- 20g dried shirasu (young sardines)
- 20g frozen boiled edamame (peeled)
- 120g frozen spinach
- 1 tbs cheese powder
- 1 tbs salad oil
How to cook
1. Cut bread into 2cm pieces. Thaw the frozen edamame and remove the beans from the pods.
2. Mix the eggs, milk and mayonnaise in a bowl and then add the bread, thawed spinach, edamame and shirasu.
3. Place (1) and (2) in a heat-proof container(gratin dish) with salad oil, sprinkle with cheese powder and bake in a toaster (1000W) for 10-15 minutes until the egg mixture is set. Cover with foil if the surface seems to be burning.
Eggs, spinach, edamame, shirasu, and grated cheese contain a lot of folic acid, all of which are easy to stock and are ingredients that you want to use in various dishes. It's easy to make with excess bread and is also recommended for breakfast.