Whether it’s your first or, your last, pregnancy will always be a delicate phase in your life that requires you to take better care of yourself so that the little one in your tummy can achieve her developmental milestones for the next nine months. Give your child an early edge by eating healthy. Eating well throughout your pregnancy also decreases your risks for malnutrition and other pregnancy related disorders.
Trade your starchy rice and white bread for fiber-rich whole grains to promote good digestion and kick out constipation throughout your pregnancy. Whole grains are also packed with vitamins and minerals, including folate, which facilitate the normal growth and development of your baby.
Add healthy sources of protein to your diet like eggs, nuts, lentils, and beans to help keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels at bay. These healthier sources of protein also contain high levels of iron, which serves as the raw material for hemoglobin production. During pregnancy, your body needs to produce more blood for you and your baby. Some of the risks associated with insufficient iron levels during pregnancy are low birth weight, pre-term delivery, and infant mortality.
Nuts and fish, like salmon, contain high amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids which serve as essential building blocks for your baby’s brain and visual development. Whenever you crave for more food, reach for more of the richest sources of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants per serving: fruits and vegetables! Make bell peppers, berries, carrots, spinach, and broccoli a regular part of your meals. These foods keep your and your baby’s immune system pumped up. Savor the yummy goodness of yogurt which is packed with probiotics that help you maintain proper digestion.
Keep in mind that, while you’re pregnant, you’re feeding two bodies yours and your baby’s. Eat double doses of nutrients and vitamins without necessarily doubling your body weight!