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Nutrition

Fiber Requirements During Pregnancy
By Mediconsult's Nutrition Services

Q. How fiber should I consume eat day?

A. At all times, but especially during pregnancy, a high fiber diet is recommended to prevent constipation. This means a goal or 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day. Most people who eat a high fat, high meat diet or who rely on processed foods do not get enough. In fact, 10 to 11 grams is the estimated daily fiber intake of typical westernized diets. Low-fiber diets are strongly linked to colon diseases and a high fiber diet provides protection.

As you increase fiber in your diet, do it slowly and increase fluid intake. This is important because the action of fiber is facilitated by water. The two must work together. Normally, 6 to 8 cups of fluid per day is recommended. With a high fiber intake, you may need to boost this a bit more.

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